Sonic Homing In On Top Box Office Spot With $21 Mil Friday Haul, $64.3 Mil Projected

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!

via Deadline

Sonic Rings Up $3 Million in Thursday Previews, Projected to Make $55 Million Over the Weekend

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.

via Deadline

Sonic the Hedgehog Scores a 64% Fresh Rating on Rotten Tomatoes

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!

TSS Review: Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

The Sonic Stadium sped its way down to the premiere fan screening of Sonic the Hedgehog Movie in London late last month, for a chance to catch the film in its entirety before general release on Friday, 14th of February 2020!

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Sonic will Appear at the Super Bowl

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!

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Fandango Posts Minute-Long Scene From the Sonic 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:

Sonic Movie Tickets Now on Sale, First US Showings on February 13

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 Releases Music Video For the Sonic Movie Theme “Speed Me Up”

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’s Japanese Voice Cast Has Been Revealed

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!

From left to right: Inoue, Yamadera, and Nakamura

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

Sonic Christmas Blast is now Available for Streaming with Amazon Prime!

Coming a bit late, (or extremely early, depending on your point of view) Sonic Christmas Blast can now be streamed for free… so long as you have an Amazon Prime Account!

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The Sonic the Hedgehog movie gets a PG Rating

The Motion Picture Classification and Rating Administration has given the Sonic the Hedgehog movie a PG rating for “action, some violence, rude humor, and brief mild language.” The rating is typical for a family-friendly movie, but it’s good to know the Sonic movie won’t have anything too raunchy!

Sonic the Hedgehog speeds its way into theaters on February 14th.

Sonic X Reruns Return to Japanese Airwaves, Will Premiere the Metarex Saga

Japanese TV network Kids Station has begun airing reruns of Sonic’s mid-2000s anime, Sonic X. These reruns will include the Metarex Saga, the final season of the show never before broadcast in Japan.

Sonic Retro forum user Mendinso captured video from the ending of the episode, as well as a high quality version of the show’s end card, both of which are posted below. For his full post, check out the source.


Source: Sonic Retro Forum

Adorable Baby Sonic Cake Gets Stabbed and Gutted

Life was given and taken away in the span of a few hours: reports confirm that YouTuber “Sugar High Score” created Baby Sonic entirely out of cake, icing and maybe even love, only to betray him just as he had begun to observe the world around him.

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New Sonic Movie Character ‘Longclaw’ Teased

It looks like we have a new morsel of information regarding an as-yet unrevealed character in the Sonic movie. There has been talk of an owl character making an appearance in the live-action flick, and a new tweet from Paramount’s Spain division seems to have given us a confirmation of this character plus a name!
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RUMOR: Could There Be A Sonic Movie Trilogy In The Works?

Hold onto your golden rings, folks. The first film isn’t even out yet, and we’re already getting some spicy rumors about a… trilogy? And a Robotnik spin-off movie?!

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From Worst to Best: Why the New Sonic Movie Design Might Be the Best Sonic Design Ever

Early last year, the world saw the first trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie and we got our first look at what the blue blur would finally look like on the silver screen. To say that fans, non-fans, and society in general had a very negative reaction to what was shown onscreen would be a gross understatement. From his small eyes, his wide head, pasty-white hands with clawed fingers and human-like proportions, Sonic looked hideous. Practically a monster. Continue reading From Worst to Best: Why the New Sonic Movie Design Might Be the Best Sonic Design Ever

US SEGA Shop Launches Sonic Movie Merchandise

New Year, New You? Well, if you live in the States, it might be time to pop over to the Official SEGA Shop, where they’ve just updated their lineup with some Sonic Movie related merchandise. Give yourself a nerdy makeover, why don’t you? Continue reading US SEGA Shop Launches Sonic Movie Merchandise

Our Favourite Sonic Movie Memes on Twitter

When the original trailer for the Sonic Movie debuted in April this year, there was… a lot of material to work with, let’s just say. It was pretty common to see snapshots of Sonic’s teeth or dumbfounded expression across the Internet, and it was just as common to see it Photoshopped to be the butt of some joke.

Now, thanks to the new trailer that recently dropped (to some pretty high praise), the Internet has more material to work with, but with a much less “meme-able” design, is it still possible to poke fun at the Sonic Movie? The answer is “yes, absolutely!” Sit back and grab some popcorn (or a chili dog!), because here are our favourites we’ve found on Twitter: Continue reading Our Favourite Sonic Movie Memes on Twitter

Jack in the Box Partners with SEGA to Promote the Sonic Movie

Gotta eat fast! Popular hamburger chain in the United States “Jack in the Box” will soon be promoting the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie in 2020!

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Tyson Hesse Confirms Involvement With the Sonic Movie

If you’ve been sleeping under a purple rock in Green Hill Zone, here’s an update for you: the latest trailer for the Sonic Movie is out, and it features a fully redesigned Sonic! On top of that, a long-held suspicion that a certain well-known artist in the Sonic community was involved has finally been confirmed!

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Transformation Tuesday! Check out Some Before and After Shots of the Sonic Movie

Earlier today, Paramount Pictures uploaded the latest trailer for the Sonic Movie, complete with a newly cut trailer and a redesigned hedgehog! We all remember how… unique the first one was, but this new trailer features a few of the same shots! Check out some comparison shots below.

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Leak: Sonic Movie Standee Promo, Along With Hashtag #CatchSonic

Stop the press! Or, start the press? Press start! We found yet another leaked image of the alleged new redesign of Sonic from the titular “Sonic Movie,” and it’s rather detailed, and wants you to #CatchSonic on social media!

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RUMOR: New trailer for the Sonic movie coming in the next few weeks

Apparently we may be seeing a second trailer for the upcoming Sonic movie fairly soon. Luisito Comunica, the voice of Sonic in Latin America, claims that the second trailer will be arriving sometime within the next few weeks. This is from a Spanish tweet by contriteorb4 and translated into English by TeamSonicESP. Continue reading RUMOR: New trailer for the Sonic movie coming in the next few weeks