A host of brand new Sonic the Hedgehog toys and figurines were on display this weekend at the New York Toy Fair!
Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog just keeps rushing past the competition, scoring the top box office spot worldwide for a second week in a row. Paramount recently reported that Sonic made another $26 million this weekend, which helped the movie steal the top box office spot away from its closest competition, Fox’s Call of the Wild. This brings the total US gross to $106.6 million.
Sonic has also continued to do well overseas, where it earned another $38.3 million, bringing it’s total international gross to $96.5 million. This came as Sonic opened in an additional 16 markets, bringing it to a total of 56 markets worldwide. Overall, Sonic the Hedgehog has now made $203.1 million worldwide.
Sonic’s international numbers are likely to improve as the movie comes to new markets over the next month, including large markets like China and Japan. Sonic is scheduled to open in Japan on March 27, while the movie’s Chinese opening date is uncertain due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
In this very special Sonic Talk with a very ordinary number, we’ve got a full house with Jason, Alex, Chris, and guests Evil Dr. Reef of The Spindash, and Cory “Jet Black.”
What were our impressions of the movie? Who got to meet the stars? Who got to meet a Sega Nomad? What was so contentious that our hosts fell into lengthy arguments? What is Jim Carrey and where did it come from? Some of these answers and more in this month’s episode of The Spectacular Sonic Talk!
And because Chris demanded it, here’s his massive list of alternate episode titles:
“50 Ways to Say We Didn’t Hate the Movie”
“To the Jim Carrey Straw Man in the Room”
“Hello, Child, Take a Look at my Sega Nomad.”
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg Machine”
“Pitching Zillow to 7-Year-Olds”
“Jim Carrey’s Super Saiyan Egg-o-Matic”
“We Need to Address the Fart Joke”
“Justifying the Fart Joke Is Not a Valuable Use of Our Time”
And finally, “I Think Competent Is a Pretty Functional Word”
In an age when people are always hungry for details of “what’s next,” it’s not uncommon for a joke or off-handed comment to set off firestorm of rumors. That may have been what happened when actor Neal McDonough, who played Major Bennington, a.k.a. Major Nobody Cares (and also known for his role as Damien Darhk in Arrowverse) seemingly revealed that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson could be appearing in a currently-unannounced Sonic the Hedgehog sequel.
While talking at FAN EXPO Vancouver, McDonough said “I’m looking forward to part two. Literally, part two, I’ve already heard rumblings that The Rock is going to be [in it]. The Rock is in part two of everything, by the way.” Regardless of whether or not he was joking, the comment already has people talking on Twitter, with many suggesting Johnson would be a perfect fit for Knuckles.
This isn’t the first time The Rock’s name has come up in connection with the Sonic movie. After a teaser referenced him back in December, Johnson commented on it, and Fowler offered him a last minute cameo. It’s possible that could be the “rumbling” McDonough spoke of, or maybe it led to something more.
Or maybe this is just speculation over an unannounced sequel that takes a joke from an actor who had a minor role in the movie out of context. We’ll see soon enough!
For more on McDonough’s thoughts on the movie, check out the source below.
SEGA Japan unveiled a brand new batch of delicious blue blur merchandise this morning, including some new collaborations with PUMA and clothing brand H&M. Continue reading Sonic Station Live Reveals New PUMA and H&M Collaboration Goods
In what’s no doubt a way to capitalize on the success and hype of the recently released Sonic Movie, SEGA is offering massive discounts on Sonic games across various digital platforms. In some cases, the games are 50% or even 75% off their regular market price!
Media Molecule’s Dreams is a new PS4 game (well, more of a tool than a game) that lets users create their own games with much more freedom than you had in their previous creation title, Little Big Planet. It’s been in a beta stage for a long time and people have been using that time to make unique and interesting games along with some that are inspired by other popular genres.
One player, JPG240SX has created 2 stages inspired by Sonic X-Treme, the long-lost Sega Saturn title. The version he created uses low-res textures and a fisheye-lens camera to get the effect of what the original title was going for. It’s really impressive.
The engine that Media Molecule is using in Dreams is so impressive that people are already making levels based off of Sonic Adventure and other Sonic titles and even making their own original, momentum-based Sonic games. It’s a game creation tool like no other.
Dreams is available now for PS4 at $39.99 US.
Writer Josh Miller had a chat with Popcorn Talk to discuss the latest Sonic movie and what he’d like to see in a sequel if that happens. “We wanna bring in more characters” was his first response. He has an affinity for Tails, but would also love to see Knuckles introduced as well.
He also mentioned that he’d love to see Sonic’s first voice actor, Jaleel White to make a cameo in the next movie should a sequel occur.
The above video is just a clip of the full interview that you can find here.
There is simply no denying it at this point: Sonic the Hedgehog is a worldwide hit.
Early movie concept art can be pretty weird and cool, and it should surprise no one that this is especially true for the Sonic movie. Twitter user Marx Pan came across some concept art from early 2018 on Chinese microblogging website Weibo.
Created by Weibo users Xu Tianhua Thx and Jin Xiaoyu for Blur Studios, one of the movie’s special effects houses, the concept art showcases a never before seen lizard villain and Sonic getting into a bar fight with Captain America himself, Chris Evans, who was apparently the actor Jeffrey Fowler wanted early on.
This concept art appears to confirm a detail found in the movie’s copyright, which mentioned a lizard villain wanting to use Sonic’s power to take over the universe.
You can check the images out on the Xu Tianhua’s page, or look at them below:
We now have our first concrete numbers for Sonic the Hedgehog’s U.S. box office performance, and they’re looking good: it hauled in $21 million it’s opening day (which includes the $3 million from Thursday night previews). To put that in perspective, this makes it the largest opening day of all time for a video game movie, allowing it to barely squeak past Detective Pikachu’s $20.7 million.
These numbers have also increased the movie’s box office projection. The latest box office estimates from Deadline now project the movie making $64.3 million through President’s Day, including $53.99 million over the three-day weekend. The latter number puts Sonic the Hedgehog tantalizingly close to being the largest U.S. opening for a video game movie ever, with the current record holder, Detective Pikachu, being only slightly higher then that at $54.3 million.
These estimates are also significantly up from what was projected yesterday, when the Sonic movie was projected to make $45 million and $55 million over the three-day and President’s Day weekend, respectively. Paramount itself has released somewhat lower projections, with a $60 million four-day and $50 million three-day haul expected, which would still make it the second biggest video game movie opening.
Sonic’s ticket sales are being heavily driven by families, which make up 44 percent of ticket sales, with general audiences being the remaining 56 percent.
Sonic’s first international numbers should be released either later today or tomorrow. When those numbers come, we’ll be updating this article, so stay tuned!
It looks like Paramount and SEGA may have a hit on their hands, if Sonic the Hedgehog’s Thursday night preview haul and latest United States box office projections are any indication. Sonic the Hedgehog made $3 million Thursday night, with the latest projections now putting the movie’s US President’s Day weekend haul (which includes Monday) at $55 million.
Sonic the Hedgehog’s three day projections, which only count Friday through Sunday, have the movie making $47.5 million. If this happens, it would be the third highest opening weekend for any video game movie, only bested by 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider ($47.7 million) and last year’s Detective Pikachu ($54.7 Million).
With these kinds of numbers, Sonic the Hedgehog is now set to make back well over half of it’s estimated $81-$95 million budget just from its U.S. opening. It’s still possible for the movie to fall short of these expectations, or exceed them. It could also potentially bomb internationally. Barring either of these events, Sonic the Hedgehog is going to make Paramount some money.
SEGA has released a new trailer for the mobile exclusive Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, where they detailed the game’s many modes and mini games, including a story mode.
In the story, which is told through various comic book-like still frames, Sonic competes with Eggman not just for Olympics supremacy, but also for the fate of the city of Tokyo itself! Also newly revealed in this trailer is an online rankings mode, which will allow players to compete with each other worldwide.
The trailer also shows off the game’s 15 mini games, various special “EX events,” as well as a variety of mini games not directly based on any Olympics events.
Sonic at the Olympic Games will be releasing on mobile devices worldwide on May 7th. Check out the trailer below!
With 91 reviews in, Sonic the Hedgehog is currently looking to be a winner with critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Currently holding a 64% rating, a clear majority of critics have given the movie a thumbs up! It should be noted that Rotten Tomatoes percentages are averages of scores, but instead the percentage of critics who either liked or hated the movie.
With less than one hundred reviews, Sonic the Hedgehog’s RT percentage is likely to continue fluctuating over the next few weeks, as hundreds of critics weigh in. It’s unlikely to reach Rotten Tomatoes “certified fresh” rating (which requires a 75% rating), and it could still fall below the 60% threshold and enter “rotten” territory. But, at the very least, critics don’t see it as the dumpster fire some were expecting. It’ll also certainly score better then the Mario movie did.
While Rotten Tomatoes has the most comprehensive collection of reviews, it’s worth noting how the movie is doing by other metrics. The movie currently holds a 93% from Rotten Tomatoes’ verified audience reviews (which must be connected to a ticket purchase). On Metacritic, the movie currently holds a 47, a “mixed or average” score, with 35 reviews.
Did you read our review? What do you think of its critical reception? What do you think of the movie? Let us know in the comments below!
To celebrate the release of the Sonic movie, both Steam and Humble Bundle are offering Sonic games at a steep discount through the next week.
Steam is offering a “Sonic the Hedgehog Ultimate Bundle” an over $250 value, at less than $60, or 76 percent off. The bundle includes the following games:
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing
Sonic 3D Blast
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic 3 & Knuckles
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
Sonic Adventure 2 (plus Battle DLC)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Sonic Lost World
Sonic Generations with Casino Night DLC
Sonic Mania with Encore DLC
Team Sonic Racing
The games can also be bought individually. For their individual prices, check out the bundle’s page on Steam.
If you just want deals on the newer games, and if you want some of your money to go to charity, you can check out Humble Bundle, which is having a Sonic week right now. Check it out here!
This article was guest written by Sonic Talk co-host Chris Xenn
Build-a-bear, the online and brick-and-mortar store dedicated to stuffing and dressing quality plush toys has just released its new Sonic the Hedgehog Movie plush line, and… it looks familiar.
While Paramount might have shifted gears just a few months prior to releasing the movie, that’s much harder to do when you’re a licensee making physical products intended to stare into children’s souls from deep within the uncanny valley.
Unsurprisingly, Build-a-Bear’s design seems to be on Sonic’s original movie look, from his non-gloves, to his laced shoes, to his eyes that are just that right combination of dialated and too far apart.
However, if you still have a place in your heart for the little hedgehog that couldn’t, the plush is available online now and in U.S. stores tomorrow. Online bundle options include:
Sonic without shoes for $29.99/£21.50
Sonic with ring and shoes for $46.00/£33.00
Sonic with soundbox and shoes for $45.50/£33.00
Sonic with soundbox, ring, and shoes for $53.00/£38.50
Sonic-print pajamas for animals that don’t have giant back-spikes for $13.00/£10.00
And a Sonic movie logo shirt, also not for bespiked toyfriends for $8.00/£5.50
Check out a gallery of the Sonic plush and accessories below:
While the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie is pumping out toys and merchandise, there still seems to be room for vintage Sonic apparel! Merchandise and media outlet Zavvi have just announced an exciting new line of shirts and mugs for Sonic and friends, and they all have a charming Japanese aesthetic to them. Also, in a limited time deal, you can snag a Sonic mug for free if you buy two or more shirts.
Sonic Fans will rejoice as PUMA have released a shoe that closely resembles those worn by the movie incarnation of Sonic the Hedgehog! But there’s a catch….
Sonic panels have become a tradition at Austin’s South by Southwest event, and this year will be no exception. The panel will take place on March 20 at 3PM, and will feature guests from SEGA and Sonic Team.
The panel description on the SXSW confirms there will be a few announcements. As always, we will be covering the event here at Sonic Stadium, so stay tuned!
UK merchandiser Zavvi has teased a new Sonic the Hedgehog line “Sonic the Hedgehog Chaos Collection” via their twitter account!
A few days ago, Eaglemoss announced that they would be revealing three new figures in their Sonic line over the next few weeks. They have now shown the first of these three on their Facebook page: Super Sonic. Check it out below!
The figure will eventually be available to purchase on their UK website.
Following the release of “Speed Me Up“, LA-based Platinum Producer, Songwriter, & Entrepreneur Charles “Chizzy” Stephens III has shared an unused song, recorded for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie.
You don’t have to wait until February 2nd! The pregame ad for the Sonic Movie is now live on YouTube for all to see.
Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest sporting event in America, and you’d better believe all eyes will be on the television during the big game! In what may be Paramount Picture’s biggest (and most expensive) marketing stunt, an ad for the Sonic Movie is expected to run during the big Pregame Show!
Paramount has a released another Sonic movie clip through movie news outlet Entertainment Access – a minute scene featuring the little car-destroying robot!
Collectibles Shop Eaglemoss has announced that three more characters will be revealed for their line of Sonic figurines in the coming weeks. They revealed a teaser for the first of these characters on their Facebook page, which you can see below:
You can purchase Eaglemoss’s Sonic figurines from their UK website.
The stars, including Sonic himself, took to the “Blue Carpet” yesterday at Paramount studios for a family-themed premiere of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie!
We got our first look at an actual scene from the Sonic movie today, in the form of a minute-long video released by Fandango on their Twitter account. In the scene, Sonic guilts Tom into helping him get home.
You can find the original tweet here, or watch the video embedded below:
Tickets to Paramount’s Sonic movie have been officially made available for pre-order today, at least in the US and UK. The US tickets can be purchased through various ticket vendors, including Fandango and the movie’s official website. Those in the UK can purchase their tickets at various cinema websites including Odeon, Vue and Cineworld.
The first US showings will be on February 13 at 5PM. Although the movie’s premiere date has long been listed for February 14, it’s common for movies to debut in theaters the night before in the United States.
Paramount has released the official music video for “Speed Me Up,” the theme for the upcoming Sonic movie which was leaked yesterday.
The music video features Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty, and Sueco the Child playing SEGA Genesis and running through 16-bit Sonic themed environments, complete with 16-bit versions of certain in-movie locations, Jim Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik, and loads of visual references taken from across Sonic’s classic games.
Check out in the embedded video below!
The Sonic movie could be on track to make at least a modest profit, if this latest box office opening forecast is accurate.
The Sonic movie’s theme was scheduled to be released at midnight tonight, but Sonic just couldn’t wait to get his hot new song onto the internet! Some how, it got leaked early, and it’s pretty cool!
Sonic’s Japanese twitter account has announced that the arcade adaption of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is now available at amusement facilities nationwide.
This hopefully means that American and European releases are not far behind!
The arcade edition utilizes a different controls, consisting of three buttons and a special active floor that can detect jumping and running actions.
SEGA’s Japanese Twitter account has revealed the names of for voice actors for the upcoming Japanese dub of Paramount’s Sonic movie.
All of these actors are pretty prolific, with long resumes, although none of them have done voice work in previous Sonic products.
Taishi Nakagawa will voice Sonic, Kōichi Yamadera will voice Dr.Robotnik/Eggman, Yuichi Nakamura will voice Sonic’s cop buddy Tom, and Marina Inoue will voice Maddie. While none of them have ever been featured in a Sonic project before, Yamadera did apparently narrate a Sonic Adventure commercial in the nineties!
Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog will be released in the Americas and Europe on February 14, with the Japanese releasing following over a month later on March 27.
Source: SEGA Japan Twitter
As we originally reported back at the start of the years, SEGA launched a #Sonic2020 campaign to mark the turning of the decade. Today, SEGA Japan further confirmed the launch of its ‘Sonic 2020’ initiative with promises of new Sonic news on the 20th of every month this year. Continue reading SEGA Japan Officially Reveals ‘Sonic 2020’ Initiative With Regular News Blasts