Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog just set the record for best opening weekend for a video game adapted movie, earning a whopping $58 million domestically, and $101 million total worldwide. Our little blue speedster earned the number one spot for a video game adapted movie, supplanting last year’s Pokemon Detective Pikachu, which opened to a $54 million domestic box office over its initial three day weekend. Including Monday’s totals, it is estimated that Sonic the Hedgehog will earn upwards of $70 million in the U.S. alone. For a genre known for its massive flops, box office bombs, and low critical reception, Sonic’s achievements truly stand out. The movie, based on the iconic SEGA video game character, has also earned an “A” from CinemaScore, and the highest audience score for any video game adapted movie at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes (with 8,052 respondents as of right now). This is an incredible achievement for Sonic the Hedgehog, and for its filmmakers. Considering the fan backlash for the original Sonic design which resulted in a three month delay so director Jeff Fowler and co. could go back and retool Sonic’s look, a successful opening weekend was not guaranteed. Hats off to the filmmakers and everyone who worked on this movie. You’ve earned this success.
Warner Bros. Birds of Prey came in second, falling -48% in its second weekend in theaters, bringing in approximately $17 million over the three day weekend. This brings the movie’s box office total to $59.4 million domestically, and $143 million total world wide Without a doubt Birds of Prey continues to disappoint not meeting the studio’s expectations, becoming the lowest performing “DCEU” film to date. Before Birds of Prey, last year’s Shazam! had the lowest opening three day weekend for a “DCEU” film, bringing in $53.5 million domestically. Even with a B+ CinemaScore, and a favorable “FRESH” 79% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, the Margot Robbie led Birds of Prey continues to struggle to find its footing with audiences worldwide.
Third and fourth place was a virtual tie, with Sony’s Fantasy Island bringing in an estimated $12.3 million, and Universal’s The Photograph earning $12.1 million domestically over their opening three day weekend.
Coming in fifth place was Sony Pictures Bad Boys for Life. Now in its fifth weekend, the Will Smith starred film only dropped -6% from its fourth weekend, bringing in $11.3 million. For a sequel movie that’s 17 years removed from its predecessor, Bad Boys for Life is undoubtedly a smash hit for Sony Pictures. The movie has earned $181 million at the domestic box office, with a total of $368 million world wide, and continues to attract audiences everywhere.
Here’s a look at how other movies still showing in theaters are performing:
Downhill – $4.6 million in its opening weekend.
Gretel & Hansel – $13.3 million domestically, $16.5 million worldwide total.
The Gentlemen – $31.2 million domestically, $74.6 million worldwide total.
The Turning – $15 million domestically, $18 million worldwide total.
Dolittle – $70.3 million domestically, $180.9 million worldwide total.
Just Mercy – $34.9 million domestically, $42.1 million worldwide total.
*Note: All financial data is provided courtesy The Numbers, my favorite source for box office data.