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Box Office: 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Speeding Past Record Video Game Opening

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By Kasey Williams

Pre-weekend forecasting was pretty generous to begin with, but Sonic the Hedgehog has taken it to another extreme, potentially racking up as much as $70 million over the four-day holiday weekend to comfortably surpass the previous opening weekend record for a video game adaptation.

With an estimated three-day weekend of $57 million -- a solid $17 million more than pre-weekend forecasts had it -- Sonic has surpassed last year's Pokemon Detective Pikachu to have the largest opening weekend ever for a film based on a video game.

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On top of that, with Monday being President's Day, Sonic is expected to gross as much as another $13 million on Monday, taking in a grand total of roughly $70 million over the four-day weekend against the film's alleged $95 million budget.

Taking into account marketing costs, that's still a massive hit for Paramount Studios, especially considering the film's "A" Cinemascore from opening night audiences.

If the film plays like Pokemon Detective Pikachu, it should wind up with around $149 million domestic and around $450 million worldwide.

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Pokemon Detective Pikachu carried a hefty $150 million price tag, however, so Paramount's relatively mild budget for Sonic the Hedgehog is another reason to celebrate.

Other wide releases, The Photograph and Fantasy Island, did not fair as well as Sonic this weekend, although they performed in line with pre-weekend and studio expectations.

Sony Studios' Fantasy Island is currently holding the edge, pulling in an estimated $12.7 million over the three-day weekend and potentially finishing with around $14 million over the four-day holiday.

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The film received a meandering "C-" Cinemascore from opening night audiences, so don't expect it to hold very well over the coming weeks.

Universal Studios' The Photograph finished the three-day weekend with an estimated $12.3 million and a four-day around $13.4, although its "B+" Cinemascore may help the film leg it out a little longer than Fantasy Island.

Warner Bros. Birds of Prey dipped an estimated 48 percent from last weekend's relatively soft opening, pulling in an estimated $17.1 million over the three-day weekend.

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Much can be questioned about the film's title changes or its overall quality, but it appears that Warner Bros. may have to go back to the drawing board for this franchise, particularly with The Suicide Squad due out next year.

Rounding out the top five is Sony's Bad Boys For Life, a pleasant surprise for the studio. With an estimated $11.3 million over the three-day weekend, the film dropped just six percent from last weekend, continuing a strong domestic box office run for Will Smith and Martin Lawrence threequel.

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