“Sonic the Hedgehog” opens strong at the box office

“Sonic the Hedgehog” reached the top of the box office this weekend, opening an estimated $ 57 million in national ticket sales, a somewhat unlikely success story for the film, an adaptation of a series of video games on a Little blue creature with a superhuman sprint.

The movie could easily have been a box office mess. National movie fans have not always been particularly friendly with video game adaptations; “Warcraft” and “Assassin’s Creed”, of 2016, and the most recent restart of “Tomb Raider”, all had problems at the box office. And the creators of “Sonic the Hedgehog” redesigned their digital title character, delaying the release of the film, after the audience ridiculed a preview.

But “Sonic the Hedgehog”, distributed by Paramount Pictures and based on the character of the videogame Sega, has more than avoided the catastrophe. According to the study, he brought an estimated an additional $ 43 million overseas this weekend, bringing his global opening weekend total to $ 100 million. According to reports, the film’s budget was $ 85 million.

Directed by Jeff Fowler, “Sonic the Hedgehog” combines his skin-covered blue hero (with the voice of Ben Schwartz) with a human friend played by James Marsden, and confronts them against a mustache villain played by Jim Carrey.

While it may not be the next “parasite,” “Sonic the Hedgehog” received a fairly warm response from critics, holding a 63 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Ticket buyers also seemed to accept it, giving it an A rating in the CinemaScore exit polls. (Ben Kenigsberg, in his critique for The New York Times, was less impressed. “Sonic now looks like a cartoon hedgehog instead of a spray-painted groundhog,” he wrote, referring to the character’s digital image change. ” But if something was done to degeneralize the script, it hasn’t helped. “)

[Read our critic’s review of “Sonic the Hedgehog.”]

Two low-budget newcomers are in a close race for third place.

“Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island,” a horror film distributed by Sony, opened to an estimated $ 12.4 million in national ticket sales this weekend, a good start for a movie whose reported budget was around $ 7 million. Estimates place him a little ahead of Universal’s “The Photograph”, a romance set in New York with Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield that also had a good opening this weekend, with about $ 12.3 million in national sales on Friday to Sunday (The reported budget for that movie was $ 16 million.) Any of the movies could reach third place when final counts are made on Monday.

Second place went to “Birds of Prey” (Warner Bros.), a DC Comics origin story with Margot Robbie that had a disappointing opening last weekend. He continued that course this weekend, earning an estimated $ 17.1 million in sales according to Comscore, which collects box office data.

But the biggest stumble of the weekend was probably “Downhill” (Searchlight), a comedy with Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus that opened to an estimated (and meager) $ 4.7 million, landing in tenth place. The film, a new version of the dark Swedish comedy “Force Majeure”, had received weak reviews; His Rotten Tomatoes score is 40 percent.

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