Sonic the Hedgehog Breaks Box Office Record Set for Video Game Movies!

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Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” has become a Presidents Day weekend hit at the box office, as industry estimates are now reporting a $58 million opening weekend from 4,167 screens for the Blue Blur’s movie debut. That result will also set a new record for the best opening by a video game adaptation, topping the $54.3 million set last year by “Detective Pikachu.”

With no major family films released since the holiday season and a 4-day weekend leaving kids out of school for an extra day, “Sonic” has filled a niche in the movie market and is now estimated to reach $70 million by the end of Monday. That number would rank among the Top 5 highest extended openings for Presidents Day weekend below “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Deadpool” and the $242 million record held by “Black Panther.”

While films based on video games have had a history of being poorly received, “Sonic” has managed to please both kids and hardcore fans while avoiding scathing reviews from critics. The film has a 64% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, while receiving an A from CinemaScore audience polls and a 4/5 on Postrak with families giving it 4.5/5.