Official tracking estimates for Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog is suggesting that the big screen adaptation of the beloved SEGA video game series is on course for a four-day domestic box office opening of around $45 million.
The film, which hits on February 14th and will play across the Presidents Day weekend, cost around $95 million to produce, including $5 million spent on a major overhaul to the design of its title character following a fan backlash against the first trailer.
The new design, which is much more faithful to Sonic’s original appearance in the video games, appears to have received the seal of approval from fans.
Sonic opens alongside Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island, which is on course for between $12 million and $15 million across the four days, along with romantic drama The Photograph which will compete for second place with between $10 million and $14 million.
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.
Sonic the Hedgehog is directed by Jeff Fowler (Gopher Broke) and features a cast that includes Ben Schwartz (House of Lies), James Marsden (Westworld), Jim Carrey (Kidding), Adam Pally (Happy Endings), Tika Sumpter (Ride Along), Neal McDonough (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) and Natasha Rothwell (Love, Simon). It is set for release on February 14th 2020.