You see what happens when the movie’s staff actually listens to fan criticisms? Well, after changing Sonic’s much-hated live-action design into something… less creepy, fans rewarded the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie by actually going to see it in theaters. It earned an estimated US$57 million in its first three days at the US box office, beating the much-loved Detective Pikachu’s US$54 million opening weekend.

The opening is now the highest-grossing opening weekend for any video game-related movie. It is also projected toearn an additional US$11 million during the President’s Day weekend in the United States. It would also bring the worldwide box office total to US$111 million, far surpassing its reported production cost of US$87 million. The movie is yet to open in Sonic’s home country of Japan.

Sonic the Hedgehog director, James Fowler, previously revealed that the upcoming live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie will be delayed to February 14, 2020. The announcement comes after the huge fan backlash on Sonic’s design, which also forced producers to to do a redesign. Of course, this worried many in the animation industry, stating that the redesign might work the people working on Sonic to death. However, the the delay, it would seem that the animators are getting more leeway.

Fans mostly criticized Sonic’s fur, eyes, and teeth, and going as far as saying that the design really looks creepy. And with fans actually being this vocal about the design, the movie’s staff just had to change it. And with the delay, it allowed animators to properly do the redesign. Thanks internet!

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