SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Is Expected to Make $20-30M During Its Opening Weekend in the US
While Sonic the Hedgehog looks quite similar to last year's (generally successful) Detective Pikachu, the first forecast for Paramount Pictures' upcoming video game movie indicates a rather modest domestic opening, with a range of $20-30 million.
According to Box Office Pro, the movie's biggest box-office disadvantage is the fact that video game adaptations tend to underperform — or straight flop — on both domestic and global markets.
Although the final shape and form of Sonic remains to be seen, if the movie is received well, chances are that word of mouth will help its furry legs quite a bit — but reaching the $100 million mark in the US and Canada may be quite a challenge even for the beloved blue speedster.
Considering that the movie's second trailer — spotlighting a more adorable titular hero — gathered almost a million likes on the studio's YouTube channel alone, the controversy surrounding Sonic's old design may play a key role at the box office — as the hero's old (nightmarish) look could have potentially created a small Monster Trucks effect, with parents and kids forced to flee theatres in shock before even seeing the end of the movie's opening act.
Sonic the Hedgehog is helmed by Jeff Fowler (Gopher Broke, Where the Wild Things Are), starring Ben Schwartz (Modern Family, DuckTales), James Marsden (Enchanted, X-Men: The Last Stand), Tika Sumpter (Ride Along, Think Like a Man), Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger, Band of Brothers), Adam Pally (Californication, Taking Woodstock) and Jim Carrey (Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty).
Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.
Sonic the Hedgehog speeds into theaters February 14, 2020.