*Sonic the Hedgehog* set a record for best opening weekend by a video game movie, ringing up an estimated $57 million at domestic box offices to overtake last year's *Detective Pikachu*at $54.3 million.
*Sonic* 's $57 million figure is a three-day total, per [The Hollywood Reporter](https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-sonic-hedgehog-booms-record-68m-opening-1279595). For the four-day weekend, THR is projecting a $68 million domestic haul for the Blue Blur. *Sonic* 's [opening day estimate of $21 million](https://www.boxofficemojo.com/release/rl4244997633/?ref_=bo_hm_rd) on Friday likewise edges *Detective Pikachu*'s first-day take of $20.5 million on May 10, 2019.
The figures provide a surprise happy ending for Paramount; around the time *Detective Pikachu* was premiering last spring, Sonic fans [were in open revolt](https://www.polygon.com/2019/4/30/18522870/sonic-the-hedgehog-live-action-movie-trailer) against the character's original CGI design. [A makeover](https://www.polygon.com/2019/5/2/18527449/sonic-the-hedgehog-movie-design-change-director) not only made the main character more familiar and appealing, the delay put the film on a President's Day weekend, combined with a Valentine's Day Friday. *Sonic the Hedgehog* alsohad been originally slated for a more competitive November 2019 launch --- two weeks before Disney's *Frozen 2,* which set an all-time record for [highest gross by an animated film](https://www.polygon.com/2020/1/5/21050646/frozen-2-box-office-money-billion-million-star-wars-weekend-receipts).
Moreover, *Sonic* 's four-day estimate gives Paramount its best opening weekend since *Mission: Impossible - Fallout* from the summer of 2018. *Terminator: Dark Fate* was the distributor's biggest opener of 2019, pulling just $29 million.
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Critically speaking, *Sonic the Hedgehog* is just short of *Detective Pikachu* , according to the two big aggregators. Rotten Tomatoes scores that 69% to 63% for *Pikachu* , while Metacritic has it 53 to 46, *Pikachu* . Still, *Sonic the Hedgehog* is now the third video game film to get better than 50 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, following [the breakthrough performance](https://www.polygon.com/2018/4/13/17236518/rampage-rotten-tomatoes-metacritic-score) of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in 2018's *Rampage*.
Elsewhere, things are not looking any better for *Birds of Prey* . After [a lackluster $33 million debut](https://www.polygon.com/2020/2/9/21130326/birds-of-prey-box-office-revenue-dc-films-money-list) last weekend, the R-rated superhero ensemble was forecast for $17 million for this weekend (and an estimated $19 million for the four-day weekend). That's a near 50 percent drop, which is particularly dire for a holiday weekend.