Sonic the Hedgehog debuted to a record $57 million three-day weekend haul. That was good enough to top Detective Pokémon Pikachu’s $54.3 million.
That makes Paramount’s gamble to delay the film to fix the poorly received CGI design of SEGA’s mascot a wise move.
Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be… #sonicmovie #gottafixfast 🔧✌️— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 2, 2019
It begs the question how the film would have been received if Paramount decided the early look was good enough. That was Warner Bros.’ approach with the less than favorable reaction to Green Lantern’s design. That film had other issues than visuals, but they didn’t help.
Sonic also earned $43 million worldwide, which is putting the $87 million budgeted film on a good path to be a big hit this year. It could surpass $70 million by the end of President’s Day weekend.
Birds of Prey came in second place for its second week with an estimated $17.1 million for the weekend and $19.6 million for the holiday stint. That brings its total to $61.7 million with a global total of $143 million.