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.
In the words of Sonic- Ummm, meow? AHHH!!!#SonicMovie is #1 in the world & had the biggest domestic opening all time for a video game movie!— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) February 16, 2020
It’s all because of the fans that we are here. Thanks for your feedback, your passion & for your love of Sonic. You did this. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/eCaH4V79Ur
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."