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Sonic the Hedgehog estimated to make over $100 million worldwide in its first weekend, Ben Schwartz comments on success, Jim Carrey discusses Sonic's redesign

Sonic, Sonic, Sonic!

It has been one wild ride for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. From a reveal trailer that ended up receiving the full ire of the internet to a redesign that was widely praised, the movie certainly had its ups and downs. Things seem to have taken a permanent switch towards the positive though, as box office estimates are showing a great haul for the movie's opening weekend.

While there's still plenty of time left for the weekend cash to roll in, estimates right now are putting the movie at over $100 million in worldwide revenue for the opening weekend. This was bolstered by what should be a $60+ million opening in the states, which is a far cry from the $20-$30 million estimates that some sites were predicting.

Ben Schwartz, the voice of Sonic, shared his thoughts on the movie's success on Twitter, which you can find below.

We also have comment from Jim Carrey on the movie. Carrey has once again spoken about the fan reaction to the initial Sonic design, and then subsequent decision to redesign the character. Carrey originally shared statements that showed him a bit uneasy about listening to fan backlash, but his recent comments to Fox News showcase a change of heart.

"I think it turned out to be a great thing. I think It turned out to be a co-op where everybody was in on the creation. I think everybody felt good about it ultimately because [director] Jeff Fowler [had] no ego involved at all. He just went, 'These people grew up with it, and it's important to them that we get it right.' And I think it was just a much better movie because of it."

Categories: Interviews
Tags: sega, sonic

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wiired
Sun Feb 16 20 07:18pm
Rating: 1

I never would have imagined that this would outgross Detective Pikachu, but here we are. Congratulations to them!

ridleysaria
Sun Feb 16 20 08:30pm
Rating: 1

I think everybody felt good about it ultimately because [director] Jeff Fowler [had] no ego involved at all. He just went, 'These people grew up with it, and it's important to them that we get it right.' And I think it was just a much better movie because of it.

This is great. Not enough Hollywood types respect the fans and material they’re adapting. They can’t be slaves to either, of course.

I've worked in Hollywood in the past, in the movie business. I don't know how pronounced it is now versus how much of it there used to be, but there's the concept of the "creator thumbprint" in which people who adapted material were forced to make major changes from the source material, especially if your name wasn't big enough for an executive to feel like it could carry the movie all by itself.

The idea is that if you stay too close to the adaptation, you are seen as lacking in creativity and personal identity. It's a big enough deal that reputations are made and lost over this concept. Stick too close to the source material, and you might never get a movie pitch accepted at a major studio ever again.

I have heard several examples of the Hollywood politics and their numerous rules of business.

I'm gonna share a quote I heard recently as I have been watching Duckman:

This is an industry built on perception rather than fact run by businessmen who understand numbers and don't have a clue about what's good and what isn't.
So, the key is to be perceived as good by being associated with the biggest and best numbers.
Meaning, if you have no talent, you can buy credibility-- in essence, creating the illusion of quality by spending the most money.

I can believe that. Sounds like a lot of overblown egos.

The best part? The mid-credits scene means the sequels name themselves.

I can't believe it...I thought for sure this movie would bomb so hard but it didn't.

So I guess Sega didn't lose much here..

I hope they listen to the fans again when we all demand the original sonic cut on the blu ray release

I don’t think that’s possible. There is no original cut. I heard the only shots they had to re-do were the ones we saw of Sonic in the first trailer. Would make sense then why it only set them back 5 mil.

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