“Sonic the Hedgehog” topped the box office this weekend, opening an estimated $ 57 million in domestic ticket sales – a rather unlikely success story for the film, an adaptation of a video game series about a little blue creature with a superhuman sprint.
The film could easily have been a box office disaster. Domestic cinema-goers have not always been particularly kind to video game customizations. “Warcraft” and “Assassin’s Creed,” from 2016 and the newer Restart of “Tomb Raider”Everyone was fighting at the box office. And the creators of “Sonic the Hedgehog” its digital title sign has been redesignedThis delayed the release of the film after the audience mocked an early trailer.
But “Sonic the Hedgehog”, which is distributed by Paramount Pictures and is based on the Sega video game character, has more than avoided a disaster. According to the studio, another estimated $ 43 million was brought in overseas this weekend, bringing the global opening weekend to $ 100 million. The film’s budget was said to be $ 85 million.
Directed by Jeff Fowler, Sonic the Hedgehog pairs his blue fur-covered hero (voiced by Ben Schwartz) with a human friend played by James Marsden, and takes on a mustache villain played by Jim Carrey ,
While it may not be the next “parasite,” Sonic the Hedgehog received a rather warm response from critics who a 63 percent fresh rating on rotten tomatoes. Ticket buyers also seemed to accept it and gave it an A grade in CinemaScore surveys. (Ben Kenigsberg, in his review for the New York Timeswas less impressed. “Sonic is now like a cartoon hedgehog instead of a spray-painted marmot,” he wrote, referring to the character’s digital makeover. “But if something was done to de-generate the script, it didn’t help.”)
Two newcomers with a lower budget are in a close race for third place.
“Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island” A horror movie distributed by Sony that opened this weekend with an estimated $ 12.4 million in domestic ticket sales. This is a good start for a film with a budget of around $ 7 million. It is estimated to be slightly ahead of Universal’s “The photography,” A New York romance with Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield, which also had a good opening this weekend and generated domestic sales of around $ 12.3 million from Friday to Sunday. (This film’s budget was $ 16 million.) Each film could end up in third place if the final counts were made on Monday.
The second place went to “Birds of prey” (Warner Bros.), a DC Comics genesis with Margot Robbie that had a disappointing opening last weekend, This course continued this weekend and, according to Comscore, which compiles till data, generated sales of an estimated $ 17.1 million.
But the biggest stumble on the weekend was probably “Downhill” (Searchlight), a comedy starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus that opened to an estimated (and meager) $ 4.7 million and ended up in 10th place. The film, a remake of the dark Swedish comedy “Force Majeure”, had received weak reviews; his Rotten Tomatoes score is 40 percent,