Sonic the Hedgehog 2 debuted before the first film, grossing $71 million at the domestic box office. The weekend opening beat the first film by a huge margin.
The PG-rated family film grossed more than expected, grossing $26.5 million from 4,234 theaters on Friday.
Most of the audience has been family and children. Despite the film’s release in the post-COVID era, it is one of the biggest launches ever for a video-game adaptation. The film previously surpassed Sonic and was the biggest weekend opening for Paramount since 2014.
“It’s off to an excellent start, with solid reviews and very good audience scores, Sonic is going to have a strong run,” said David A. Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research.
Here comes Sonic. https://t.co/l0guN3tqRQ
— Variety (@Variety) 11 April 2022
The first Sonic film released in February 2020, a month before the theaters in the country were shut due to COVID-19. It still managed to make $58 million in its three-day weekend.
Overseas, Sonic 2 grossed $37 million from 53 markets, bringing the overseas total to $70 million. So far Sonic 2 has earned $141 million globally.
Jim Carrey, James Marden, and Tika Sumpter return for the sequel about a blue hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz) based on the video game. The sequel continues Sonic’s life on Earth after his arrival as he tries to make new friends.
The release date of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was similar to that of Michael Bay’s Ambulance, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Eiza Gonzalez, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Even though Ambulance was favored by critics, the film grossed $8.7 million.
The film grossed $2.8 million from 68 markets overseas, with a weekend total of $31 million globally. informed of by The Hollywood Reporter.
Here’s the full cast of Sonic 2:
- Jim Carrey as Dr Robotnik
- James Marsden as Tom Wachowski
- Maddie Wachowski as Tika Sumpter
- Natasha Rothwell as Rachel
- Wade Whipple as Adam Pally
- Ben Schwartz as Sonic the Hedgehog
- Colleen O’Shaughnessy as Miles “Tales” Prover
- Idris Elba Knuckles as The Echidna
Domestically, Ambulance took fourth place followed by Sonic 2 in first place, Morbius at number 2 and The Lost City in third place.
DC and Warner Bros. Batman has a great start to the weekend and made the top five with $6.2 million, increasing its global tally to $735 million.
The biggest overseas opening was Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, which earned $58 million from 22 international markets despite cinema closures in China due to COVID-19. It opens in North America next weekend.