Over the past three-day weekend, the Sonic movie set a box-office record for video game adaptations by grossing and estimated $58 million and around $70 million over the four-day weekend including Valentine’s Day. Paramount Pictures’ live adaptation of the iconic video game character beat the previous box office record held by Detective Pikachu, which had finished its opening weekend at around $54 million in 2019.
The strong weekend marks one of the most successful openings for Paramount Pictures since its 2018 Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and is a welcome relief for the company after a dismal series of 2019 releases.
The film, which had been delayed by three-months following backlash over the original designs of the iconic blue hedgehog, had previously been estimated to have an opening of roughly $45 million to $50 million over the holiday weekend. It’s opening numbers not only far surpass estimates, but also marks the Sonic movie as the fourth-best domestic opening for a holiday release behind Black Panther, Deadpool, and 50 Shades of Grey (without adjusting for inflation).
The Sonic film also received a promising start internationally, gaining an approximate $40 million in its first 40 markets, providing an early international revenue of $113 million.
As for other movies over the three-day holiday weekend, Birds of Prey fell into second with and estimated $20 million over the four day weekend, with Fantasy Island coming in third with an estimated $14 million, double its production budget.