Sonic The Hedgehog has been in the media headlines for the last week for a number of reasons, with many of them being quite positive. The positive news stories have continued, considering the film has reportedly broken box office records for a video game adaptation.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the movie scored in first place with $57 million and reportedly is estimated to earn even more money, around $68 million, through Monday’s holiday. In other words, the movie is expected to exceed past estimates.
Fans of the franchise know that Sonic The Hedgehog is voiced by Ben Schwarz, alongside the small-town sheriff, portrayed by James Marsden, as well as Jim Carrey who will star as Dr. Robotnik, also known as Eggman in the classic game series.
Additionally, Sonic The Hedgehog exceeded another successful video game adaption in recent years, for instance, Detective Pikachu, which took home $54.3 million in its debut at the box office last year, making it the highest-earning video game adaptation of all time, at least in its opening weekend.
As it was previously reported, the $87-million film, directed by Jeff Fowler, was the subject of social media scrutiny when images of Sonic The Hedgehog made their way into the mainstream media. Fans online viciously criticized the Sonic character.
Thus far, the movie has done well with audiences, earning an average ‘A’ score with Cinemascore, a 63% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as a solid box office return. Sonic The Hedgehog continues Hollywood’s pattern of successful remakes and reimaginings.
Movie enthusiasts know, however, that video game adaptations are notorious for their failure at the box office, with audiences, as well as with critics. With the exception of the Resident Evil franchise, video game adaptations never do quite as well as the studio hopes.
As it was noted above, Sonic The Hedgehog was initially postponed due to the rendering of Sonic The Hedgehog, which many fans thought looked tacky and “terrifying.” In past interviews, Mr. Fowler explained that they used too much “realism” for the character, choosing instead to look at the original character design for more inspiration.