After nearly 30 years, Sega's long-time mascot Sonic the Hedgehog has finally made his big-screen debut. The reviews are in, and while mainstream critics aren't so fond of the film, the blue blur's action-adventure outing starring Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz, and James Marsden has received a lot of positive feedback from the fanbase so far.
So, how's it gone for Paramount Pictures in terms of earnings? According to Deadline Hollywood, the $87 million production could potentially be in the running to become the best video game movie adaptation debut in North America of all-time. The latest industry estimates suggest it has banked around $53.99 million in three days and more than $64.3 million in its opening weekend.
If this is the case, it would be a new record for this type of film. The current record-holder is the Legendary/Warner Bros. production Detective Pikachu, starring Ryan Reynolds. It reportedly banked $54.3 million in three days. On a 4-day basis, Sonic is believed to have already surpassed the live-action Pokémon movie, which made $58 million during a non-holiday period last May.
The newest Warner Bros. release Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey simply couldn't keep up with the blue blur, as illustrated in Box Office earnings below for the Valentine's Day and President's Day long weekend:
Have you seen Sonic the Hedgehog in cinemas yet? What did you think? Leave a comment down below.
[source deadline.com, via variety.com]
Well then. That's.....quite surprising.
What’s this? People are ignoring the critics and instead going out to enjoy a franchise they love? How dare they!
I wish all the best for this movie and hope the same for the Mario movie. These mascots deserve to be mainstream!
Saw it with my son this morning.... While I certainly wouldn't say it's a great movie I will say we both really enjoyed it (especially him) and the mostly fun theater was laughing out loud quite a bit.
Bad Boys for Life was alot of fun and so is Sonic The Hedgehog
Movie critics aren't all-knowing and can't always predict a movie's reception? Who knew?! /s
Did the rumored breast feeding joke happen?
@Kienda ? I've seen far more positive reviews than negative from the critics on this one
Well this is great news. Between this, Detective Pikachu and Witcher, has the curse of the video game movie been lifted?
The movie haven't released yet in Indonesia.
It said Coming Soon in February 2020 instead of 14 February 2020.
I will check other cinema at my place to see which cinema already aired Sonic movie 2020.
@PBandSmelly what? No. Lol
The movie is definitely worth a look. I liked it alot.
This movie was fantastic and I thought it paid a lot of respect to long time fans!
It was okay; kids will love this.
I'm planning on watching this with one of my good friends sometime soon, I don't have any expectations.
Well deserved. Detective Pikachu had the work on the Sonic movie become woke and that Pokemon movie was a test movie in bringing Pokemon to real life, while the Sonic movie is a main event for the franchise. Now, having back to back good game movies feels great when they stay close to the source material as possible. With Miyamoto heading the Mario film, we gonna get it good.
Saw it with my buddy last night; it wasn’t amazing but it was definitely entertaining. Stay after the credits for a nice surprise. Jim Carrey totally stole the show by the way.
Felt it was 8/10, all things considered.
Yeah! Gotta go real fast!
Pretty sure your son is exactly the audience they were going for.
Excellent numbers for what was looking like a disaster just 10 months ago.
I'm a huge Transformers fan.
And even as a fan I soured pretty quickly on the bayformers series.
Especially when it became evident, that each movie was even more stupid unfunny and insipid then the previous one. Until Bumblebee came along and that's because Bay doesn't have his finger prints all over it.
Point being ?
Even if fans are getting what they want ( or don't want but the mainstream "loves"it ) the movies aren't necessarily good.
Of course the mainstream critics hate it, it's not woke enough for them! It's just a fun, family friendly movie without any forced political correctness or pandering to SJW nonsense!
That’s great, I enjoyed it for what it was (a kids/family film), looking forward to see what they’ll do in the sequel.
I'm still gonna wait til it comes to video. Money is tight and I gotta pick my spots on what movies are worth shelling out 10+ dollars on. From the many reviews from regular joes I've seen, It is nice to know that it's entertaining and like anything, experience it for yourself before totally buying in to what the critics might say
@KitsuneNight I actually enjoyed the film a lot, while the plot has been done before, this one does it a lot better than most all of them.
@PBandSmelly yes and it was hilarious.
“I was on formulas when you were on formula”
“I was breast feed” Hahahahahaha
@PBandSmelly Just saw it. Yup...
Just in time for the release of Sonic the Hedgehog Odyssey coming to a Switch near you!
@mist : Political "correctness" is ingrained in almost all popular media. It may not be obvious all of the time, but that is what makes it so effective.
I found myself in the memorable quotes section in IMDb just for S&Gs and there was one particularly "PC" quote in there that stood out, and I have noticed an onslaught of modern works that use very similar expressions to futher a certain agenda.
I loved it. I’ll probably buy it on blu-ray. I really hope theres a sequel. It felt like a live action Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog episode, except Scratch and Grounder were replaced with ”Snively.” I loved the surprise at the end too.
@mist seems to me you like to project your nasty insecurities and limited perspectives all over the place. Why don’t you grow up a little and learn instead of acting like a fool for once in your life?
Consensus among myself and friends - our "favorite" parts were...well, anything that involved Mobius, not Earth. I see why they picked Jim Carrey, though, because it takes someone with chops to make that level of metamorphosis.
I’m just happy that it seems like those who were vocal about the original design of Sonic, actually came out to support the movie when the director/studio responded. It’s entertaining and fun. Not every movie has to be Godfather quality.
And it’s SO great to see 90’s Jim Carey again! He looks like he had a lot of fun with the role.
@Maschinenmensch Unfortunately, just heard about insecurities about Sonic earning more over BoP so much that BoP fans took to Twitter trying to derail that by claiming there were homophobic slurs in the Sonic movie when they weren’t. Like so here... https://twitter.com/LSMark_/status/1226958098289635330?s=20
And Im like... What?
Sonic plus Jim Carey was always going to be fun on some level, I'm looking forward to seeing this. Perhaps that Sonic design became the best marketing gimmick ever 😉
@N1ntendodo what the flying heck are you on about?
@Maschinenmensch Birds Of Prey ("woke" garbage) fans have been trying to slander Sonic all over social media, in the hope that their pet film would do well on it's 2nd weekend. (and it's doing far worse Lol)
Not that I care about critic's reviews, but it's actually at 63% on RT.
That's a "fresh" rating and not bad at all, especially considering the pretentiousness and narrative agenda of the outlets.
Why is NL presenting the film as if it's getting slammed by reviewers?
Blocked for presenting the facts of current events and happenings?
Sure, I'M the "odd" and "insane" one. 😂
Sonic is collecting Those golden rings.
Once again, proving Leftists are not serious people.
Anyway, here's a video detailing the slander I was referring to: (many other videos on the subject too)
I might see it if comes to Netflix or something.
Interesting plot twist (just for laughs):
PLEASE people, can we keep the comment sections free from politics? I want to come here to read about video game related stuff, not "SJWs", "woke agendas" and "leftists".
It’s a fun movie. One post credits scene.
For me, this is not that big of a surprise. I think people are kinda tired of all the agenda-driven modern movies and TV shows that came out in the last years. Star Wars, Captain Marvel, Birds of Prey, Terminator, Ghostbusters, Dr. Who, Star Trek, Batwoman, Ocean's 8, etc.
The Sonic movie is by no means a masterpiece, I would even say that it is not even a good movie, but at least it is fun and enjoyable. And this what people want from movies and shows.
@Quarth That would be nice, but it's rather hard to do when the aforementioned things are still so commonly injected into video games, gaming culture and other media, despite being quite unwelcome with fans.
It doesn't matter if you stick your head in the sand.
It's perfectly fine for fans to have a celebratory moment when something succeeds that actually listens to and respects the fanbase, rather than treating fans like dirt.
@RareFan I agree.
"Get woke, go broke" is ringing very true lately.
A lot of these agenda-driven media companies/creators are trying to outlast the fans in a war of attrition but it's not going to work.
When we continue to vote with our wallets, we win.
And Sonic certainly deserves success for respecting fans and correcting itself to such a degree, at the very least.
Of course I'm not expecting some kind of masterpiece, but I've heard very good things about the movie for what it is; seeing it tomorrow.
@Impaler-D I agree it's good that this movie gets support after the initial backlash, but why do we need to drag the current controversies onto NL?
It's not about sticking the head into the sand, it's just that there are other places to discuss this kind of stuff. All I need to read is that the movie seems to be successful, which is great news. It's not a movie that interests me so much that I want to see it in the theatres, but if it eventually comes to Netflix, I might be interested. Seems like innocent fun.
Been woke or politically correct isn't a bad thing at all, but as an artist, you should always put the art first. If you think too much about making your art politically correct, you will most likely create something that focuses more on a hammered message.
Artists are absolutely free to use female, gay or minority characters in their stories, but the story and art should always the priority in this process.
I don’t understand—why haven’t you guys reviewed it? You review things like emulators and random books, so why not this?
@mist Oh do shut up. The only person making this political is you.
@RareFan Of course, that's what "woke" generally refers to, putting agenda before quality or shoehorning in said agenda.
Whether I agree or disagree with the slant of a work, I'm willing to give it a chance if done smartly and respectfully, not insulting the viewer's intelligence.
That's the difference between, say, a classic series like Star Trek: The Next Generation and detestable garbage like "Discovery" and supposedly "Picard" as well.
When it’s Mario’s turn at bat it will probably be a blockbuster! I mean, it has to right?! If Sonic can do this well. 🤷🏾♂️
@Maschinenmensch There's nothing wrong with my education, but I'm just tired of these discussions infesting every little part of the Internet. Sometimes it's nice with a place free of it, no matter what my stance is on political matters. And you seem more triggered as you blocked a couple of these guys.
Ok, I'm leaving this discussion now. Gotta continue playing Onimusha. Have a nice day!
@Impaler-D Agreed. If the political agenda is given priority over the quality of the work, it tends to suffer badly for it.
But this isn’t a new problem. The heavy handed use of—and reliance on—metaphor and allegory has been undermining artwork of every kind for more than a century. I’m not sure, but I think it began with the trend of interpretation. Artworks make highly effective mules for sneaking in politics and propaganda.
If an audience suspects a creative work of having designs on them, especially political stances they disagree with, they’ll tend to reject it. But if they agree with the underlying politics, things can get nasty. Nazi propaganda is a good example of this.
If you include a female cast and include some directed social commentary then “nobody wants to see it” and “the movie has an agenda”.
Everything has has some agenda one way or another, even if the creators didn’t intend. All movies are inherently social because it is seen and consumed by a society which give it value. It doesn’t exist in a vacuum.
Anyway, good for the Sonic movie. Hope everyone enjoys themselves.
It's not supising people are going to see it, there is actually nothing else to watch. I'm suprised it's not doing a lot better. Detective Picka had to compete with Avengers and other big movies. This movie has no competition.
GOOD! It deserves it! It's genuinely fun and I hope it makes enough money to warrant a sequel, hopefully not set on Earth this time.
This will go on to be a modest box office success I reckon, which is fantastic.
I loved the Sonic movie, but I hate box office comparisons like this. Pikachu was released during the height of Avengers: Endgame, which ended up being one of the biggest movies ever. Sonic has the advantage of coming out when there is basically no competition and on a four-day holiday weekend for kids in school, so even a simple three-day comparison will be skewed a little bit because of this.
I am all for Sonic being a successful movie, which I'm happy it is. But I don't feel people should discount Detective Pikachu's box office, either, because that movie did great given the circumstances as well.
Not surprising, it's a kids movie. Kids movies can suck major balls but still earn a great profit. The movie was extremely bad but it's a kids movie.
@mist Sonic is literally an illegal alien in America, being presented as the good guy. Seems pretty woke to me. Digging deeper, the bad guy is white. Commie agenda confirmed.
I loved it!
It definitely surpassed all my expectations and I highly recommend it to everyone to give this movie a watch!
@Xeawn oh THAT joke.
Was it rumoured to be bad or something?
I heard good things from people I know who have seen it and most reviews I’ve read are positive as well. I happy it’s doing well. Thank goodness they changed the sonic design because I think that made all the difference. I’m actually going to the movies to see this today. Taking my kids and a few of their friends to see it for my son’s birthday.
@N1ntendodo there is no way those tweets are real.
That’s some of that reverse campaigning or whatever.
Sonic fans acting like Birds of Prey fans to make Birds of Prey fans look like idiots.
I really liked it. I'm surprised if it does better than the Pokemon movie considering the scope of that franchise. I'm glad it's doing well though, because the sequel needs to happen
I don't get all this surprise. A movie can be silly and for kids but still fun, fun and for kids but smart (Shrek), silly but for adults (either fun or not, there are endless examples) etc...
Anyway, I don't expect a movie based off a videogame to be smart, so I hope it's fun at least. But I still wouldn't call it "a must-see" though, as somebody defined it on this website (LOL), especially as the fans of this character must be all around their forties.
And, before somebody gets offended for whatever reason that's beyond my understanding, watching a silly movie has never made anybody silly, at least not that alone.
My friends and I saw it yesterday and it was very good! I had low expectations, but I came out very surprised. It’s not a timeless classic or anything, but it’s definitely worth a watch.
@PBandSmelly Yes, yes it did. I forgot about that, haha
@LUIGITORNADO have you really seen the Sonic fanbase and how they treat their ships of characters? At least, they are open about it. No reverse campaigning needed on this side when it was never broken. This is likely an attack from non gamer haters who dont want to see a game movie one up their movie. Matter of fact, this is the stuff that politicians love, a really rather half hearted smear campaign with little research done over a movie backed by gamers and the franchise itself, which we are glad that they listened to us on the project before the release.
It’s a fantastic film! Go out and watch Sonic The Hedgehog, you won’t be disappointed I can guarantee you that! My Wife and I enjoyed every minute of it; in fact, my Wife has also never played a Sonic game before and she still enjoyed the Movie! 10/10 💙👍
@mist sjwa are having a hard time with their crappy movies and tv shows. And i love it! F propaganda long live entertainment!
@Gwynbleidd The tongue-in-cheek there was meant to poke some light-hearted fun at those who take movie reviews as gospel. I've seen low-rated movies that I liked and conversely well-received movies that I regretted investing time into.
Everyone is different. If someone is on the fence about a movie, they should just go see it to form their own impressions.
suprisingly good movie my two kids loved it.
Well, personally, I'm glad it's doing okay. They at least deserve some credit for listening to the fans, after all, and besides that, if this video game movie does well, it does kind of pave the way for more, and better video game movies, so regardless of all other things, it's a step in the right direction.
@Tyranexx Hear, hear...
Heck yes! My favorite game mascot has a triumpant movie debut!
@PBandSmelly Yes, it did. @HatosBlack. Think back to the first encounter between Robotnik and Tom and the conversation they had at Tom's door.
I’m glad this movie is doing well! And that piece of crap Birds of Prey is, it’s good that it’s getting buried as it deserves!
Sega banks tons of cash from Sonic movie.
Dreamcast 2 becomes a reality.
Sega's IP's come to life again.
The Worlds population goes nuts with excitement.
@Kienda the critics gave mostly positive reviews. This site picked the bad ones and made it appear that it was a disaster. With 113 reviews in, 63% gave positive reviews.
@Quarth that’s you calling the kettle black. Bug off.
I really enjoyed this movie. Sure, it’s no masterpiece, but it was fun. As a video game adaptation, they really nailed it.
I am surprised but my guess is once the fan attendance peaks returns will diminish. Another way to look at though is Sega is due and I hope it does really well. More pressure for Nintendo now.
Very good. Glad its doing well. I'll try to catch it tomorrow if I can shake this sickness..
It was a good fun movie, my nephew love it so much that he decided to go play Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 again on the Nintendo GameCube.
I wonder how much it would've been if they went ahead with the original design.
@PBandSmelly Yeah it did, the main character says it to Robotnik.
There were a few things that made it weird but all in all it was a great movie with some terrible jokes that made me have a chuckle. Did anybody else see the drawing of sonic was SANIC
@Anti-Matter yeah bro! Hope it'll release soon
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