Sonic Passes Detective Pikachu, Is Now Highest-Grossing Video Game Movie Ever In The US

The blue blur has raced past Pikachu at the box office.


Sonic the Hedgehog has surpassed Detective Pikachu to become the highest-grossing video game movie of all time in the United States. After this latest weekend (which was the worst since 1998), Sonic has now made $145.8 million in the US, edging out Detective Pikachu's $144.1 million.

On a global scale, it's a very different story. Sonic has made $306.5 million worldwide, which is more than $100 million less than the $433 million that Detective Pikachu made during its run. A big piece of this story is that Sonic was delayed in China due to COVID-19, so it's missing out a lot of money that Detective Pikachu had from the market. Detective Pikachu made $93.7 million from China alone.

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Neither of those movies are the biggest video game movies, either, as Warcraft holds the record with $439 million worldwide. Warcraft had a very bad run in US theatres, making only $47.4 million, but it pulled in $391.7 million from international markets.

The Dwayne Johnson movie Rampage follows behind Detective Pikachu with $428 million. The 2010 Jake Gyllenhaal movie, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, made $336 million worldwide.

There are plenty more video game adaptations in the works, including an Uncharted movie starring Tom Holland Mark Wahlberg, as well as films based on Monster Hunter and Mortal Kombat. On TV, HBO just announced a Last of Us series.

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