Sonic the Hedgehog Has Weak Thursday Night Box Office

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Sonic the Hedgehog's box office numbers have gotta grow fast if Paramount wants it to be a hit. The movie managed to take in $3 million during Thursday night preview showings, and while the number is not very impressive, it's likely to do significantly better over the weekend.

According to Deadline, Sonic the Hedgehog's $3 million is comparable to other family films like Lego Movie 2 and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. With younger viewers more likely to see the movie on a Friday or Saturday night, Paramount is expecting the film to make around $45 million over the weekend.

Originally scheduled to release in late 2019, Sonic the Hedgehog was delayed in order for the visual effects team to redesign the title character. Unfortunately, Moving Picture Company, the studio behind the redesign, was shut down in December. It also worked on other major pictures including 2019's The Lion King and Call of the Wild, the latter of which will open next week.

The film's merchandise had already been produced before the film was changed, as well. Plush dolls resemble the first version, and are the stuff of nightmares.

In GameSpot's review of Sonic, Mike Rougeau was a fan of the final version, particularly for its buddy comedy chemistry and references that the games' fans will catch. Jim Carrey also gives it his all as Dr. Robotnik, the series' classic villain.

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