'Sonic the Hedgehog' On Track To Make Over $60 Million During Opening Weekend (UPDATE)

Despite a relatively mixed critical response, 'Sonic the Hedgehog' has gotten off to a remarkably strong start at the box office.

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UPDATED 2/16, 11:35 a.m ET: Sonic the Hedgehog has grossed $57 million over Presidents Day weekend in North America and $100 million globally, Variety reports. It’s the best performance ever for a video game adaptation. The movie is now anticipated to bring in $68 million through Monday, one of the best showings for the holiday weekend.

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Despite a relatively mixed critical response, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie has gotten off to a strong start at the box office. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the Paramount Pictures film grossed an impressive $21 million on Friday, and it is on track to gross over $60 million across Presidents Day Weekend. 

If the film manages to keep up the pace, the movie will dethrone Detective Pikachu for the biggest domestic opening ever for a video game film. Pikachu took in $54.3 million, and also similarly garnered a mixed critical reception. They both, however, received strong ratings from audiences, with Sonic getting an A CinemaScore and Pikachu an A-. While Sonic was expected to make bank for the studio, it's already performing above expectations. 

BREAKING : SONIC THE HEDGEHOG is tracking for $60M+ in its four-day domestic box office opening weekend.

Massive win for Sonic fans & the studio. The hope for sequel rises. Make sure to watch Sonic in theaters to support it. It needs it.#Sonic #sonicmovie #SonictheHedgehog pic.twitter.com/sKEfsDa62t

— Television & Movies 🎥🎬🎞️ (@tvs_movies) February 15, 2020

Sonic will also likely steal the domestic box office top spot from Birds of Prey, which opened to an underwhelming $33 million last week. The Harley Quinn-fronted film is expected to slip down to No. 2 over President Day with $20 million. Just behind is The Photograph and Fantasy Island, which are both fighting out for the No. 3 spot with a four-day gross somewhere between $14 million and $15 million. 

Elsewhere in the top ten is Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus' black comedy Downhill, which is underperforming with an expected four-day debut of $5.5 million to $6 million. It could also be bested by Bong Joon Ho's Best Picture winner Parasite, which expanded into more theaters following its wins at the Oscars. 

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