‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Dominates Box Office With Mighty $57 Million Debut

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Dominates Box Office With Mighty $57 Million Debut
Paramount’s family film “Sonic the Hedgehog” ignited over Presidents’ Day weekend with $57 million in North America and $100 million globally, the biggest showing ever for a video game adaptation.

Sonic” is expected to earn $68-70 million through Monday, one of the best results for the holiday weekend. The better-than-expected start is even more notable since movies based on video games tend to be rejected by moviegoers.

That could have been a reality for “Sonic” if director Jeff Fowler had not gone back to the drawing board after immense internet backlash from fans over the first trailer. The movie, which cost $87 million to make, was postponed three months to give the filmmakers enough time to redesign the title character. It proved to be a sound decision because audiences gave the film an “A” CinemaScore. Ben Schwartz voices the furry blue creature, who teams up with a local sherif (James Marsden) to defeat the evil Dr.
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