Worries about the spread of the coronavirus has stopped Sonic the Hedgehog in its tracks. The Sonic movie won’t begin airing in theaters on March 27, 2020, its original release date. As a result of the disease, Towa Pictures has delayed it. People who purchased tickets will be able to use them once the film actually debuts. [Thanks, Anime News Network and Cinema Today!]
The Japanese Sonic movie delay was confirmed on the film’s official website. An apology was issued and a promise was made that any tickets bought before the announcement would be able to be used once the film is actually released in the region.
This is the second country to delay Sonic movie showings. Back in February 2020, it was delayed in China. The spread of the illness in the region has resulted in theaters closing.
Even without opening in China and Japan, Sonic the Hedgehog has been quite a hit. It made $100 million in its opening weekend. At the end of February 2020, it ended up passing $200 million in sales so far.
The Sonic movie doesn’t have new Chinese or Japanese launch dates yet. It is immediately available to see in theaters in Australia, North America, Europe, and South America.