This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Sonic, voiced by Ben Schwartz, in a scene from “Sonic the Hedgehog .” Picture: Paramount Pictures/Sega of America via AP

Los Angeles – In a weekend bookended by two holidays – Valentine’s Day on Friday and Monday’s Presidents Day – the box office enjoyed an increasingly rare slate of three (out of four) new releases landing among the top five.

Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” premiered in first place with 57 million dollars and a projected 68 million dollars through the holiday, above analyst forecasts of 40 million to 45 million dollars for the three-day weekend and 50 million to 60 million dollars through the Presidents Day holiday.

Based on the Sega video-game character, the live-action and CGI hybrid follows Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) and a small-town sheriff, Tom (James Marsden), as they defend a planet under attack by the villain Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey).

It surpassed Warner Bros.’ “Detective Pikachu,” which earned 54.3 million dollars in its 2019 debut, as the highest domestic opening ever for a video-game adaptation.

The 87-million-dollar film, directed by Jeff Fowler, was forced to undergo a major redesign last year after fans reacted negatively to Sonic’s CGI look in a trailer. The effort seems to have paid off _ the movie was well-received with an A CinemaScore and a 63 per cent “fresh” rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.