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Sonic the Hedgehog speeds to highest ever opening weekend for a video game adaptation

Louis Chilton
Paramount Pictures

Sonic the Hedgehog has broken records by having the highest ever box office opening for a video game adaptation.

Despite poor reviews, the film adaptation of Sega’s hit platforming series has already made an impressive total of approximately $100m (£77m) worldwide, and $57m (£44m) in the US, beating the record of $54m (£41m) set in 2019 by Pokémon​: Detective Pikachu.

Starring Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as the voice of Sega’s iconic blue hedgehog, the film represents the first time the character has been brought to the big screen.

Sonic the Hedgehog also features Jim Carrey as the villainous Dr Robotnik, and James Marsden as the benevolent Green Hills sheriff, Tom Wachowski.

Fans had been unsure what to expect from the film, after a tumultuous development process saw the character of Sonic undergo an expensive redesign because people found the first iteration “creepy”.

In the UK, Sonic has already grossed £4.8m.

The global box office take is especially impressive given that cinemas in China have been closed in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus.