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Sonic the Hedgehog Wins First with Record for Game Adaptation

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Paramount Pictures raced to the top of the box office with Sonic the Hedgehog, which debuted with an impressive $57 million at North American theaters from Friday to Sunday and is projected to bring in $68 million over the four-day Presidents’ Day holiday. The opening marks the biggest ever for a video game adaptation, surpassing Pokémon Detective Pickachu, which got a three-day start in May 2019 with $54.3 million.

Receiving an A CinemaScore from audiences (read our review), the Jeff Fowler-directed Sonic the Hedgehog also opened at 40 international markets with $43 million, for a worldwide debut of $111 million when including the Monday domestic number. The top international markets were Mexico with $6.7 million, the UK with $6.2 million, France with $4.3 million, Germany with $3.3 million and Brazil with $3 million.

Sonic the Hedgehog stars Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik, James Marsden, Natasha Rothwell, Tika Sumpter, Neal McDonough, and Adam Pally. Ben Schwartz provided the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog.

Dropping a spot to second place was Warner Bros. Pictures’ Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), which added $17.1 million for the three-day frame and is expected to gross $19 million through Monday. The domestic total is at $59.3 million after two weeks. Internationally, the DC film brought in $23 million from 78 markets and is up to $83.6 million, for a global sum of $142.9 million.

The Cathy Yan-directed movie stars Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) as Harley Quinn alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra “Cass” Cain, and Ewan McGregor as Roman Sionis. The movie cost $80 million to make before marketing expenses.

Opening in third place was Sony Pictures’ Fantasy Island, which earned $12.4 million for Friday to Sunday and will be at $14 million through Monday. The Blumhouse Productions film, which received a C- CinemaScore, also debuted with $7.6 million from 35 international markets this weekend.

Directed by Jeff Wadlow, the Fantasy Island cast includes Michael Peña, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Jimmy O. Yang, Portia Doubleday, Ryan Hansen, and Michael Rooker.

Universal Pictures romantic drama The Photograph debuted in fourth place with $12.3 million Friday to Sunday and will be at $13.4 million after Monday’s holiday. The movie received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences.

Written and directed by Stella Meghie, the movie stars Issa Rae, LaKeith Stanfield, Chanté Adams, Y’lan Noel, Rob Morgan, Lil Rel Howery, and Courtney B. Vance.

Dropping three spots to fifth, Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life added $11.3 million ($12.8 million over the four days) to bring its domestic total to $181.3 million after five weeks. The third installment also brought in $11.1 million overseas and has a total of $187 million, for a worldwide sum of $368 million.

Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Bad Boys for Life features the return of Will Smith, Martin Lawrence and Joe Pantoliano, and also stars Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Jacob Scipio, Paola Nuñez, Kate Del Castillo, and Nicky Jam.

Winner of three Oscars at the 92nd Academy Awards, Sam Mendes’ 1917 (Universal and DreamWorks Pictures) grossed $8.1 million for the three days and $9.4 over the four-day holiday. The film’s domestic total is at $144.4 million after eight weeks. With an international total of $178.1 million, the worldwide sum is at $322.5 million.

1917 stars George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Jamie Parker, Nabhaan Rizwan, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Coming in at No. 7 was Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level, which collected another $5.7 million this weekend ($7 million through Monday), bringing its North American total to $307 million after 10 weeks. The international total is now at $473 million and worldwide total at $779 million.

Directed by Jake Kasdan, The Next Level stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen GillanNick Jonas, Awkwafina, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, with Danny Glover and Danny DeVito.

After winning four Academy Awards Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Film, and Best Original Screenplay, NEON expanded Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite into 2,001 theaters where it earned $5.5 million, good for eighth place. The film has earned $44.3 million at North American theaters and the worldwide total is at $175.4 million.

Parasite marks Bong’s comeback to Korean language film following Okja and Snowpiercer. It is also his fourth collaboration with Song Kang-Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host, Memories of Murder) who stars in the film. Parasite marks the fifth collaboration between NEON CEO Tom Quinn and director Bong Joon Ho.

Dropping five spots to ninth place was Universal’s Dolittle, which collected $5 million for Friday through Sunday and is projected to make $6.3 million through Monday. The film’s North American total is at $70.5 million and international total at $110.6 million, for a global sum of $181.1 million.

Directed by Stephen Gaghan, Dolittle stars Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Harry Collett, Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Marion Cotillard, Jim Broadbent, Jessie Buckley, Frances de la Tour, Carmel Laniado, Jason Mantzoukas, Craig Robinson, and Kasia Smutniak.

And opening in tenth place was Downhill (Searchlight Pictures), an adaptation of the 2014 Golden Globe-nominated Swedish film Force Majeure. The movie earned $4.7 million for the three days and $5.2 million for the four days.

Directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Will Ferrell, Miranda Otto, Zach Woods, Zoë Chao, Julian Grey, Ammon Jacob Ford and Kristofer Hivju. The film received a D CinemaScore.

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Mirko Parlevliethttp://VitalThrills.com
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded VitalThrills.com to cover movie, TV, video game, music, and theme park news.

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