The Sonic the Hedgehog movie will gross more domestically than Detective Pikachu. Who will make an avatar bet about that?

Schlorgan

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Oct 25, 2017
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The lack of China is really hurting the international sales of this, isn't it? I wonder if that would affect sequel development?
They're still planning on releasing it in China, they're just delaying it. Piracy could hurt it there, but domestic performance is strong enough and the circumstances are so crazy this year that I can't see it affecting any sequel plans.

 
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The lack of China is really hurting the international sales of this, isn't it? I wonder if that would affect sequel development?
Paramount is not in a good shape since 2010.
The studio struggles to find a bankable serie nowadays and Sonic is reaching Star trek 2009's results which is excellent for them right now.
We can say Sonic 2 is locked at this point.
 

Solid SOAP

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Nov 27, 2017
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What are the chances Sonic is first at the box office this weekend? Invisible man could come in, but I’m not sure...
I'm not sure. Invisible Man is a pretty big horror IP, but I've heard next to no buzz for it until recently. Frankly I didnt know it existed until the other week, and I heard through the grape vine the original plan was that it was supposed to be apart of Universal's failed "Dark Universe"?

There's that, and that the movie likely wouldn't absorb much of Sonic's target demographic. Maybe parents wanting to see a horror movie on a night off, but still.

Idk. Worst case scenario I think Sonic gets 2nd place, though!
 

Solid SOAP

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Nov 27, 2017
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It's gotta pass Pikachu before it leaves theaters.
Yep, I'm curious how it places put compared to Pikachu. I think by week 2 Pikachu was a bit ahead of Sonic, no? I just looked up the week 2 box office sales and Detective Pikachu was at about $106 mil, while Sonic currently is about the same. Sonic doesnt have anywhere near the competition Pikachu had though, and with good WOM, so it's probably in good shape atm.
 

Terraforce

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Oct 27, 2017
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Yep, I'm curious how it places put compared to Pikachu. I think by week 2 Pikachu was a bit ahead of Sonic, no? I just looked up the week 2 box office sales and Detective Pikachu was at about $106 mil, while Sonic currently is about the same. Sonic doesnt have anywhere near the competition Pikachu had though, and with good WOM, so it's probably in good shape atm.
No it was behind. Check one of the many sales history charts in the thread to compare. Pikachu was around the mid 90M mark by the second week, so about a 10M difference domestically.
 

Filipus

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Dec 7, 2017
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So the only way this doesn't beat Pikachu is if some other really cool family movie comes out and everyone forgets about the blue dude right?

Man, all those sonic avatars look terrible...

This is the most acceptable.
Have mercy peeps
 

Xx 720

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Nov 3, 2017
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What are the chances Sonic is first at the box office this weekend? Invisible man could come in, but I’m not sure...
Invisible will be 1 this weekend. Sonic could be either 2 or 3 depending on how well Call of the Wild holds up in its second week. Call is playing to older audiences than Sonic and may not drop as quickly as older crowds are in less of a rush to see movies on opening weekend.
 

Kevinception

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Jan 18, 2020
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As I wrote in the Box Office thread, Sonic took kind of a nose dive the last couple of days (as expected anyways for weekday pulls in February)

Sonic had a $12 million cushion over Pikachu domestically to start (with the help of Presidents’ Day holiday opening)

Its already lost $2 million of that, and will lose another $2 million next Monday (going up against Pikachu’s Memorial Day Monday)

The question is, will it be able to build back up that cushion this weekend, and will it be able to hold onto it throughout March.

If it pulls in much more than $14 million this weekend, it can comfortably pass Pikachu in the end, if not...I still say Pikachu should have better legs in June than Sonic in March. But either way it will be close. Like under $10 million close.
 

ShinobiBk

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Dec 28, 2017
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Boxofficemojo literally has the direct domestic d2d comparison on the front page of their website. No need for anybody here to do guesswork
After 13 days
Sonic - $109.9mil
Pikachu - $101.2mil

Still has a small lead.
 

Terraforce

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Oct 27, 2017
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Boxofficemojo literally has the direct domestic d2d comparison on the front page of their website. No need for anybody here to do guesswork
After 13 days
Sonic - $109.9mil
Pikachu - $101.2mil

Still has a small lead.
Small lead, but that's neglecting the fact that Pikachu had stronger weekday sales due to it releasing over summer vacation, while Sonic has slightly weaker weekdays but bigger weekends by a respectable margin. At this rate Sonic will pass Pikachu soon.