Paramount Pictures have pushed forward the home release of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie and it will landing on services very shortly, March 31st to be precise, less than fifty days after it debuted in theatres. Movie studios are frantically moving their releases schedules around, some films such as No Time To Die and Black Widow have been delayed, others that were in cinemas when the pandemic struck such as The Invisible Man and Onwards, are already available to rent online, albeit at rather higher price than normal.
The Sonic the Hedgehog movie topped the North American box office on its opening weekend with $57 million in takings over its first three days, and an estimated $68 million for the long holiday weekend in the US. That was a new record for a video game adaptation, breezing past the $54.3 million three day record set by Detective Pikachu last year.
It’s also performed fairly well internationally, with $43 million from its first 40 markets to help it pass $100 million. Mexico was the second biggest country for the film ($6.7m) and the UK in third ($6.2m).
“A solid, fun and watchable family film, Sonic The Hedgehog doesn’t always hang together, but it does at least do justice to one of gaming’s most iconic characters,” we said in our movie review which you can read in full here.
It wasn’t that long ago that Sonic was all set to be a movie disaster to rival Super Mario Bros. After a first trailer was released in May, there was a huge fan backlash against the original design of Sonic, which was meant to be “realistic”. Thankfully for the film, the film was delayed so that Sonic could be redesigned, this being revealed in November. Alongside the VFX team Sonic Mania Adventures director Tyson Hesse was brought in to bring the character’s design closer to the games.
The film was originally going to be produced by Sony by they sold the rights to Paramount. It stars James Marsden as Tom Wachowski, a former SFPD officer who has moved to Green Hills, Motana, who encounters the blue speedster, who is voiced by Ben Schwartz. Jim Carrey will be playing the villain Dr Ivo Robotnic and seems to be giving it full 1990’s Jim Carrey, which could be good. The cast also includes Tika Sumpter as Dr. Annie Wachowski, Neal McDonough as Major Bennington, and Adam Pally.