‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ by Paramount Pictures is dominating the global box office charts after debuting to $100 million (UGX 36,682,000,000) worldwide.
‘Sonic’ the Hedgehog’, which is based on a popular Sega video game, managed to pull in $43 million when it launched in 43 international territories, representing 60% of its foreign footprint.
Mexico was among the countries where Sonic had the highest start with $6.7 million, followed by the United Kingdom with $6.2 million, France with $4.3 million and Germany with $3.3 million.
The live-action CGI is yet to be released in Russia on Feb. 20, then Japan on March 20. However, a release date for China is yet to be determined with the impact of the Coronavirus affecting all movie screenings in many parts of Asia.
In North America, ‘Sonic’ took up the first place opening to $57 million over the weekend marking it as one of the biggest starting records for a video game adaptation in the U.S., surpassing 2019’s “Detective Pikachu” with $54 million.
Sonic the Hedgehog is gunning for $100 million at box office
Despite having faced some delays last year after fans across the Internet responded poorly to the first trailer, the reset has actually paid for Paramount Picture. Directed by Jeff Fowler, Sonic has received mostly positive reviews from audiences and critics alike.
The live-action and CGI hybrid follow the world’s fastest hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz), who teams up with a local police officer (James Marsden) to defend the planet from the evil Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey).
The movie could easily have been a box-office disaster if the directors hadn’t listened to the complaints of the fans when they were displeased with the first trailer showing. For a while now, video game adapted movies haven’t gotten much love from fans with the likes of “Warcraft” and “Assassin’s Creed,” from 2016, and the more recent “Tomb Raider” reboot, all struggling at the box office.
Meanwhile, both at the international and domestic box office charts, Sonic took the No. 1 spot displacing Warner Bros “Birds of Prey” to second place. The R-rated comic-book adventure — starring Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn has so far made $83 million abroad and $142 million worldwide.
Sam Mendes’ “1917” generated another $13 million from 66 markets, boosting international ticket sales to $178 million. The WWI epic hit the $300 million mark globally last weekend with box office revenues currently at $322 million (UGX 1,181,160,400,000).
The reason behind Sonic’s success is still a miraculous tale to some since many other video game movie adaptations have struggled and failed to hit the box office record as it has done. The reason for its success could be the Presidents Day weekend opening since there are plenty of parents looking to entertain their kids, and the movie doesn’t have to compete against heavyweights.
In 2013, Sony Pictures acquired the film rights to the franchise, and by 2014, had a movie adaptation in development, in collaboration with Sega Sammy subsidiary Marza Animation Planet. Fowler was hired to direct in 2016. After Sony put the project in turnaround, Paramount Pictures acquired it in 2017, and the majority of the cast had signed on by August 2018. — (Wikipedia)
Sonic The Hedgehog (2020) – Official Trailer – Paramount Pictures
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