Published: Mon, February 17, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Sonic the Hedgehog beats Detective Pikachu’s opening-weekend file

Sonic the Hedgehog beats Detective Pikachu’s opening-weekend file

Far back in second place was last week's leader, Warner Bros superhero film "Birds of Prey", at $17.1 million for the three-day weekend ($19.5 million for four days).

Jeff Fowler directed "Sonic", which was delayed previous year and redesigned after the internet responded poorly to the first trailer. It got that script from Pat Casey and Josh Miller and the performances from Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Adam Pally, and the rest of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie cast. It seems to have been a good move, Sonic the Hedgehog is certified fresh by Rotten Tomatoes critics and moviegoers gave it an A, via Cinemascore.

Furthermore, Sonic's four-day quote offers Paramount its best opening weekend considering that Objective: Difficult - Fallout from the summertime of2018 Terminator: Dark Fate was the supplier's greatest opener of 2019, pulling simply $29 million. Taking advantage of the global headlines, NEON expanded Bong Joon-ho's thriller to a wide release of 2,001 screens and is estimated to bring in a 4-day total of $6.6. million.

Coming in at 2d position this weekend is Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.

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It was a busy weekend in theaters, with a handful of other new releases - "The Photograph", "Fantasy Island", "Downhill" - seeking to capitalize on both Valentine's Day on Friday and Presidents Day on Monday.

The $7-million film also features Lucy Hale, Michael Rooker, Maggie Q, Austin Stowell, Portia Doubleday, Jimmy O. Yang and Ryan Hansen.

Sony Pictures' thriller "Fantasy Island", a horror reimagining of the classic television series of the same name, opened in third place with 12.4 million dollars.

Sam Mendes' "1917" generated another $13 million from 66 markets, boosting worldwide ticket sales to $178 million. ("Parasite" was the first non-English-language film to win best picture in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards.) And despite the film already being available for weeks on digital platforms and on DVD, its $5.5 million weekend is the largest Oscars bump for a best-picture victor since "Gladiator" in 2001.

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