According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog 2 brought in a whopping $71 million at the domestic box office this past weekend, for a total international cume of $141 million. This is absolutely massive news for the studio, as it is now the biggest opening ever for a movie based on a video game. The previous record-holder was Warner Bros.’ Pokémon Detective Pikachu, which grossed $54 million in its opening weekend. Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s success is even more impressive when you consider that it was up against some stiff competition from other new releases like Universal’sBuyable and 20th Century Studios’ The Marksman. Paramount Pictures is clearly on a roll right now and there’s no telling how high.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a sequel to the 2020 film Sonic the Hedgehog. The film is based on the video game series of the same name. The film follows Sonic the Hedgehog, a blue hedgehog who can run at supersonic speeds, as he tries to stop Dr. Robotnik from using his Chaos Emeralds to power a Death Egg. The film stars Ben Schwartz as Sonic, James Marsden as Tom Wachowski, and Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik. The film was released on April 8, 2021, in the United States. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 received mixed reviews from critics. Critics praised the visual effects and action sequences, but criticized the story and characters. The film grossed $146 million worldwide.
Sonic the Hedgehog is a live action/CGI adaptation of the popular video game franchise of the same name. The film follows Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz), a super-fast blue hedgehog who lives on a remote island, as he tries to stop Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from using his powers for evil. Sonic the Hedgehog was released in early 2020 to mixed reviews; however, it was a box office success, grossing over $300 million worldwide. Despite its less-than-stellar critical reception, Sonic the Hedgehog is an entertaining and fast-paced film that will appeal to fans of the video game franchise.
As of this writing, Sonic the hedgehog 2 sits at a 67 on Rotten Tomatoes, the definitive film review aggregation site. This is two points higher than Detective Pikachu, which was released to positive reviews but failed to meet financial expectations. While it is too early to tell whether or not Sonic the hedgehog 2 will have the same longevity as its predecessor, there is no doubt that it is off to a strong start. The film’s success is all the more impressive when one considers the fact that it was released in the midst of a pandemic. In an increasingly uncertain world, Sonic the hedgehog 2 has provided audiences with a much-needed dose of escapism. For fans of the blue blur, this is surely just the beginning