“Sonic,” based on the popular Sega video game, pulled in $43 million when it launched in 43 international territories, representing 60% of its foreign footprint. Among overseas markets, Mexico saw the biggest start with $6.7 million, followed by the United Kingdom with $6.2 million, France with $4.3 million and Germany with $3.3 million.
In terms of major markets, “Sonic” bows next in Russia on Feb. 20, then Japan on March 20. Since coronavirus is still impacting moviegoing in parts of Asia, a China release date has yet to be determined.
The family friendly adventure also notched first place in North America, opening to $57 million over the weekend. It marks the biggest start for a video game adaptation in the U.S., surpassing the benchmark previously set by 2019’s “Detective Pikachu” with $54 million.
Jeff Fowler directed “Sonic,” which was delayed last year and redesigned after