Sonic The Hedgehog Sets New Video Game Movie Record, World Implodes

Not gonna lie. I’m pretty darn shocked. Sonic the Hedgehog is a movie that didn’t seem to have any real interest from audiences. At the very least, the interest from our readers was almost nonexistent. Try as we might, headlines from this movie moved traffic very little — no matter how hard we tried to push it. Even when there was news that the movie may not be as bad as we initially thought, it really barely moved the needle on our end. You wouldn’t have thought you were heading straight into a record-breaking weekend.

But that’s exactly what happened here. No, Sonic the Hedgehog didn’t exactly break comic book movie record, but it did manage to lock down the record for biggest video game movie opener. Over the course of the three-day weekend, it took in $57 million domestically. This just a couple million higher than the $54.4 million Pokémon: Detective Pikachu did last May. Sonic is expected to take in a total of $68 million over its four-day weekend. When all said and done, we could be looking at $179 million or so worldwide.

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Given the movie’s $100 million-ish budget, that’s not half-bad. It has a ways to go before it becomes profitable, but if the A CinemaScore is any indication, there’s a possibility it’ll do pretty well for itself in the long run. I’m sure Paramount is taking a sigh of relief, especially after they had to spend an extra batch of funds to redesign Sonic’s character after the backlash the initial design received. Against all odds, it actually seemed to pay off.

We are now living in a world where Sonic the Hedgehog is the new metric of success by which future video game movies will be judged. It’s not Tomb Raider, it’s not Assassin’s Creed, and it’s not Pokémon: Detective Pikachu. Nope, it’s the Blue Blur that everyone’s been making fun of since almost day one — ever since that first disturbing Golden Gate poster dropped. At this point, I think we can all agree that we are all living in the strangest timeline.

But what did you think? Did you manage to make it out to the theaters and see Sonic the Hedgehog? If so, what did you think? Did you enjoy it as much as audiences seemed to? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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