The Sonic the Hedgehog movie debuted just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend. Not only did it manage to top the box office charts, but it also had the best opening weekend of any video game adaptation ever.
The premiere brought in $58 million for the three-day weekend ending Sunday. It’s estimated that with the extended President’s Day holiday weekend, the US haul will be $70 million. That beats analyst expectations.
Sonic the Hedgehog, which had a budget of $95 million, also debuted internationally over the weekend. With the 40 other markets included, weekend global box office sales topped $101 million.
The $58 million in the US beat last year’s Detective Pikachu, which debuted at $54 million during its three-day weekend. That film previously had the distinction of the highest-grossing opening weekend for a film adaptation of a video game franchise.
The box office success likely portends well for a potential sequel. As we mentioned yesterday in a spoiler-heavy article, the movie already hints at a sequel. If the box office momentum holds up, a sequel seems all but assured.