SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Passes DETECTIVE PIKACHU To Become Highest Grossing Video Game Movie Domestically

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Passes DETECTIVE PIKACHU To Become Highest Grossing Video Game Movie Domestically

Things are slowly starting to turn around for video game movies, and Sonic the Hedgehog has already managed to become the highest grossing entry in the genre by dethroning Detective Pikachu. Check it out!

The box office is taking a serious hit right now, but despite this past weekend being the worst one for theaters in twenty years, Sonic the Hedgehog still mabaged to earn $2.58 million. 

With a total of $145.8 million, the SEGA video game adaptation has earned an impressive $145.8 million in North America. That means it has now topped Detective Pikachu's stellar $144.1 million total. In terms of worldwide takings, the first live-action Pokemon movie is still on top with $433 million compared to Sonic's $306.5 million.

That's a big gap, but bear in mind that Sonic the Hedgehog has not received a release in China due to Coronavirus concerns (it will have also earned less in a number of other countries). 

There's no word on whether theaters in the Middle Kingdom will re-open, but it could be a while, especially as the country is going to some serious lengths to slow down and halt the spread of this pandemic. With so much money made in China these days, it's no wonder analysts believe the worldwide box office will lose upwards of $10 billion in 2020. 

Regardless, Paramount Pictures moving forward with a Sonic the Hedgehog sequel seems inevitable, and the fortunes of video game movies continues to improve after years of flops. 

Did you guys brave your local movie theater this weekend? 

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the biggest Easter Eggs from Detective Pikachu

The Original Mewtwo

Mewtwo

One of the coolest references in Detective Pikachu comes when we learn that Mewtwo isn't a new creation; he was first discovered twenty years ago in the Kanto region before being captured by the villainous Clifford Enterprises.  

As a result, it seems that the video games and animated shows are officially canon, and it also means Ash Ketchum is now probably in his mid to late 30s - which has a tonne of storytelling potential. After all, just imagine how much fun it would be to see someone like Chris Pratt playing Ash in a present-day setting where we learn he's now a washed up Pokemon trainer, or even a truly great Master! 
 

Magikarp Uses "Splash Attack"

Magikarp

Magikarp evolving into Gyarados is one of Detective Pikachu's coolest moments, but when the fan-favourite Pokemon bursts out of his fish tank, we see him pull off the classic "Splash Attack" move.

As you might expect, all he does is splash a little water on the nearby Pokemon with literally no affect and it looks pretty hilarious (and, just like in the games, totally useless in the midst of a battle). 
 

Howard Clifford's Office

Office

When Detective Pikachu is released on Blu-ray, we're going to be hitting the Pause button an awful lot. That's particularly the case in Howard Clifford's office, as a number of stones can be seen sitting on one of his tables and these have to be evolutionary stones used to evolve Pokemon in the games. 

Behind his desk, meanwhile, we see fossils of legendary Pokemon like Dialga, Palkia, and Arceus.

They're said to be the oldest Pokemon in existence, and seeing as Clifford had such a great deal of interest in using Mew's DNA, perhaps he found a way to resurrect them as well. 
 

"Mother Of Arceus"

Arceus

At one point in the movie, Pikachu shouts, "Mother of Arceus," a clever reference to the franchise's wider mythology. In that, this Pokemon is known as "The Original One" as it is said that it created Sinnoh and Ransei, and possibly the entire Pokémon universe.

The Detective is essentially taking God's name in vain here, albeit in a way that ties into the religious beliefs of these characters. 
 

Volt Tackle

Pikachu

In this movie, an awful lot if made of Pikachu's use of "Volt Tackle" and while using it weakens him, it's noted that it's also an extremely powerful move (and one which does actually manage to slow down Mewtwo). The most likely reason this was chosen over "Thunder" is because in the Sun and Moon games, the already hugely powerful "Volt Tackle" can be upgraded to "Catastropika."

That Z-Move bears a striking resemblance to this one and turned "Volt Tackle" into a real game-changer for fans of the games.
 

Cubone's Dead Mother

Cubone

The movie vaguely alludes to Cubone's origin story, but understandably doesn't delve too far into it.

Well, the reason he can be seen crying at the start of Detective Pikachu is because that is indeed the skull of his dead mother on his head! In the games, these Pokemon are known for mourning their mommys by hanging around and having a good cry. Despite that, he was still pretty damn cute!
 

"Gotta Catch 'Em All..."

Catch-Em-All

While Pikachu is mourning the apparent end of his friendship with Tim, he tearfully sings the cartoon's classic theme tune, and it's clear that it somehow exists in this world as a result. 

Another cool nod to the franchise's history is the fact that Tim has a collection of Pokemon cards in the classic plastic sleeves which have always been available to safely store them in. 
 

Team Rocket

Team-Rocket

Sadly, there's no sign of the villainous Team Rocket in Detective Pikachu but there may, at least, be some references to their existence. The biggest comes when we learn that the drug being used to turn Pokemon into uncontrollable beasts is known as "R," while that letter can be seen throughout Ryme City as graffiti pretty much from start to finish. 

This may mean nothing, but it could be a tease for the team's eventual debut. 
 

Jigglypuff Puts Someone To Sleep

Jigglypuff

Unfortunately, we don't get to see the angry Jigglypuff scene in Detective Pikachu (despite it being in the trailers) but we do see her performing karaoke in a bar.

While you may think that the guy sleeping next to her has passed out drunk, that's a coffee cup next to him and it's actually Jigglypuff's power to put people to sleep with her voice that's clearly come into play in this scene.
 

Noctowl Diner

Noctowl

Talking of that diner, you may have noticed that the all-night joint is called "Noctowl." This clever reference to the Gen-2 Pokemon of the same name obviously pays homage to the fact it's a nocturnal Pokemon (which makes it an appropriate name for an establishment such as this one). 
 

Berry Juice

Berries

That's not the only Easter Egg in the diner, though, as a glimpse behind the bar reveals that they're selling "Berry Juice" to patrons.

In Gen-2, that was introduced as a way of healing Pokemon, so the question is, are they selling it to humans or their companions?
 

Missing Pokemon

Missing

Look closely while watching the movie and you'll notice a lot of "Missing" posters for Pokemon.

This imagery also factored into marketing materials for Detective Pikachu ,but it's not really a plot thread that's addressed. As a result, we're left to wonder whether these are the Pokemon in the fight club, the ones stolen by Clifford Enterprises for their experiments, or even the work of Team Rocket! 

That latter option would be very cool for fans. 
 

Giant Torterra

Torterra

While the idea of a number of giant Torterra's may seem a tad silly, there is, in fact, precedent for this in the games. In Pokemon Pearl, the Pokedex entry notes that "Groups of this Pokemon migrating in search of water have been mistaken for 'moving forests,'" while Platinum notes that, "Some Pokémon are born on Torterra's back and spend their entire life there."
 
It's clear that the filmmakers really delved into the games in order to find a good reason to have this Pokemon appear in this form.
 

Snorlax Blocks The Street

Snorlax

One of the most frustrating parts of those early Pokemon games was having your way blocked by a Snorlax. It was The Pokemon Company's way of stopping you accessing too much of the map too soon, and while the sight of one of these massive creatures blocking traffic while it has a snooze may seem like a throwaway joke, it's actually a well-thought out nod to that particular moment.
 

Humans Becoming Pokemon

PikaPika

Cast your mind back to the Red, Blue, and Yellow era of games and you'll recall that your character comes across a man named Bill who has somehow ended up in the body of a Pokemon. 

The change came as a result of him playing around in his lab, and if you snoop around, you'll learn all about the Eevee evolutions. This obscure moment was clearly referenced in Detective Pikachu with the concept of people becoming Pokemon, and there being a Flareon in Clifford's office doesn't feel like a coincidence. 

We're not suggesting that they're one and the same, but these ideas definitely seem related.
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