Despite shaky first impressions, the blue hedgehog has managed to turn a respectable profit.
The film adaptation of the classic Sonic the Hedgehog video game franchise premiered over the weekend, and in somewhat of a surprise, has managed to set a new box office record. In its opening weekend, the film has earned $57 million domestically and approximately $100 million worldwide, setting a new profit standard for movies based on video games. In the process, the film has also beat out last year’s surprise game-movie success, Detective Pikachu.
When the first trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog was released in April of last year, fan reactions were mostly negative. This was due primarily to design choices for Sonic’s 3D model, which included some unsettling decisions such as humanoid teeth, glove-colored hands, and oddly-proportioned eyes. In a response to the backlash, the film’s director, Jeff Fowler, promised that the character model would be re-worked to better meet fan expectations. As a result of this decision, the film’s release was pushed back from its planned release in November to February 2020. In November, a new trailer was released featuring Sonic’s updated design, which was much more readily accepted.
Opinions of Sonic the Hedgehog have been mixed to mildly positive so far, with many critics agreeing that Jim Carey’s portrayal of the villain, Dr. Robotnik, is the high point of the film. The film’s credits also contains a teaser for a possible sequel, though whether that will actually come about likely depends on how well the film sustains itself after this first weekend.