Sonic the Hedgehog Has Weak Thursday Night Box Office

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.

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Author: Gabe Gurwin