'Sonic the Hedgehog' movie breaks box office record for video game adaptation
Los Angeles - In a weekend bookended by two holidays -
Valentine's Day on Friday and Monday's Presidents Day - the box
office enjoyed an increasingly rare slate of three (out of four) new
releases landing among the top five.
Paramount's "Sonic the Hedgehog" premiered in first place with 57
million dollars and a projected 68 million dollars through the
holiday, above analyst forecasts of 40 million to 45 million dollars
for the three-day weekend and 50 million to 60 million dollars
through the Presidents Day holiday.
Based on the Sega video-game character, the live-action and CGI
hybrid follows Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) and a small-town
sheriff, Tom (James Marsden), as they defend a planet under attack by
the villain Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey).
It surpassed Warner Bros.' "Detective Pikachu," which earned 54.3
million dollars in its 2019 debut, as the highest domestic opening
ever for a video-game adaptation.
The 87-million-dollar film, directed by Jeff Fowler, was forced to
undergo a major redesign last year after fans reacted negatively to
Sonic's CGI look in a trailer. The effort seems to have paid off _
the movie was well-received with an A CinemaScore and a 63 per cent
"fresh" rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.
In second place, Warner Bros.' "Birds of Prey" added 17.1 million
dollars in its second weekend (a 48 per cent drop) and is projected
to earn 19.6 million dollars through Monday, for a cumulative 59.3
At No. 3, Sony's Blumhouse-produced "Fantasy Island" opened with 12.4
million dollars over the weekend and is projected to earn 14 million
dollars through Monday, within range of analyst predictions for the
weekend of 12 million to 14 million dollars.
A reimagining of the '70s TV series, "Fantasy Island" was directed by
Jeff Wadlow and stars Michael Pena as the enigmatic Mr. Roarke, who
is tasked with bringing his guests' fantasies to life at a remote
The 7-million-dollar film also features Lucy Hale, Michael Rooker,
Maggie Q, Austin Stowell, Portia Doubleday, Jimmy O. Yang and Ryan
Hansen. It was poorly received, with a C-minus CinemaScore and a mere
9 per cent "rotten" score on Rotten Tomatoes.
In fourth place, Universal's "The Photograph" opened with 12.3
million dollars over the weekend and is projected to earn 13.4
million dollars through Monday, within range of analyst predictions
of 12 million to 14 million dollars.
The romantic drama stars Issa Rae as a woman who falls for a
journalist (Lakeith Stanfield) and comes to terms with her estranged
photographer mother's complex past.
Directed by Stella Meghie, the 16-million-dollar movie was positively
received with a B-plus CinemaScore and a 76 per cent Rotten Tomatoes
Rounding out the top five, Sony's "Bad Boys for Life" added 11.3
million dollars in its fifth weekend and was expected to bring in
12.8 million dollars for Valentine's Day plus the holiday weekend,
for a cumulative total of 181.3 million dollars.
At No. 6, Universal's "1917" and its three Academy Awards added 8.1
million dollars in its eighth weekend, for a cumulative 144.4 million
In seventh place, Sony's "Jumanji: The Next Level" added 5.7 million
dollars in its 10th weekend, for a cumulative 305.7 million dollars.
At No. 8, Neon's "Parasite," buoyed by its best picture, director and
original screenplay wins at last week's Oscars ceremony, added 941
locations and 5.5 million dollars in its 19th weekend, for a
cumulative 43.2 million dollars.
In ninth place, Universal's "Dolittle" added 5.1 million dollars in
its fifth weekend, for a cumulative 70.5 million dollars.
Rounding out the top 10, Searchlight's "Downhill" opened with 4.7
million dollars through the weekend and was projected to earn 5.2
million dollars through Monday, below analyst projections of 7
A remake of Ruben Ostlund's "Force Majeure," the black comedy stars
Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a married couple on the outs.
It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to mixed reviews and was
poorly received by moviegoers and critics with a D CinemaScore and a
41 per cent "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
In limited release, Neon opened "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" on 22
screens to 440,907 dollars and an expected 514,707 dollars through
Monday, for a per-screen average of 20,000 dollars. It was originally
released in two theaters in December for an awards-qualifying run,
opening to 33,672 dollars per screen.
This week, 20th Century Studios opens "The Call of the Wild," STX
Entertainment reveals the horror film "Brahms: The Boy II," and Focus
Features debuts the period dramedy "Emma." In limited release, IFC
Films premieres the indie love story "Premature."