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Video: 'Sonic the Hedgehog' movie, starring Oklahoma native James Marsden and Jim Carrey, races to record domestic box-office opening

Sonic (Ben Schwartz) appears in "Sonic the Hedgehog." [Paramount Pictures photo]
Sonic (Ben Schwartz) appears in "Sonic the Hedgehog." [Paramount Pictures photo]

The movie adaptation of "Sonic the Hedgehog," starring Oklahoma native James Marsden and Jim Carrey, races to a three-day domestic opening of $58 million at the box office over Presidents Day weekend.

That's a record for a video game adaptation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


The live-action/animated movie's projected four-day gross of $70 million is among the best showings ever for the long holiday weekend, which aligned this year with Valentine's Day.

Last year's "Pokemon Detective Pikachu" previously scored the top North American debut for a video game adaptation with a three-day start of $54.3 million, not adjusted for inflation.

The trade publication reports that "Sonic the Hedgehog" opened overseas to a zippy $43 million from its first 40 markets for a global debut of $101 million through Sunday and $113 million through Monday. Top markets included Mexico ($6.7 million) and the U.K. ($6.2 million).


The movie received an A CinemaScore, which bodes well for it to continue to run a solid box-office race.

Based on the beloved Sega video game, the $87 million film centers on the title character (voiced by Ben Schwartz), who teams up with a small-town sheriff (Marsden) to battle the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Carrey).

The Hollywood Reporter notes that "Sonic the Hedgehog's" better-than-expected opening is a big win for Paramount and director Jeff Fowler. 

As previously reported, the studio and helmer reworked the character's look after the first trailer featured a disturbing, long-legged, lanky version of Sonic that drew a vocal outcry from fans. 


The studio took the risk of redesigning Sonic even though it meant moving the film's release date from November to February, and it paid off with a big opening weekend.

As previously reported, Marsden has been making the media rounds in support of the film, with some of his TV interviews showing an old clip of him singing "Home on the Range" on "Good Morning Oklahoma" when he was a teenager.


-BAM

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Sonic (Ben Schwartz) appears in "Sonic the Hedgehog." [Paramount Pictures photo]

Sonic (Ben Schwartz) appears in "Sonic the Hedgehog." [Paramount Pictures photo]

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1... Read more ›

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