Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is the biggest video game movie of all time

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Photo: Paramount Pictures

Update: An extra million dollars between today and yesterday, confirmed by the official Sonic Movie Twitter Sonic the Hedgehog 2 It actually had the biggest opening weekend of any video game movie, grossing $72 million.


Original story: Well, it happened at the speed of light. On Saturday, it looked like Sonic the Hedgehog 2 The film would have grossed about $65 million at the US box office. The numbers are now showing, the blue mist has shattered the sound barrier and expectations.

Deadline reports that the sequel has smashed $71 million in the United States alone. That’s a lot of rings! Predictions already noted that he was on course to beat the original $58 million movie, but totally ruined it – and all that impressive considering the first sonic the hedgehog The movie was released over the president’s weekend in 2020. Albeit just before the pandemic started.

This means that the sequel displaces its predecessor and now has the biggest opening weekend for a video game movie ever. We can’t help but think this will culminate in huge numbers in Sonic’s second outing on the big screen, which sees Tails and Knuckles join the ride.

Paramount Distribution President Chris Aronson said of the film’s success:

Sonic 2The record opening is a victory for Paramount and the industry as a whole. The filmmakers did a great job crafting a movie that would serve the legions of Sonic fans as well as the general audience and family. Having a franchise is no small feat and having an opening movie + 22% over the first movie is a pretty cool feat. Kudos to the filmmakers, marketing and distribution teams at Paramount for doing a great job in bringing the film to the global market! “

These aren’t the only impressive stats for the movie, which grossed an additional $37 million internationally. In total, the film grossed $141 million, which also makes it Paramount Studio’s biggest weekend opening since 2014. The blue hedgehog is also positioning itself strongly. Detective Pikachu Back at the Poké Ball for the second time, which brought in just over $54 million in 2019.

It’s no surprise that the movie turned out well, given what our sister site Push Square had to say about the movie: “The script is more fun, the action more exciting, the locations more varied and interesting. It can be found everywhere too.”

The official Twitter account of the movie Sonic entered the festivities as Sonic dominated the top of the box office, as they shared more video game-inspired artwork.

This is a great nod to Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s title screen, and we adore it, but we have to ask – what is Paramount’s obsession with making Tails look so grumpy?

These little nods are fitting for the movie, which pays homage to the many referrals and mentions of the video game series it’s based on. Sonic fans will have no shortage of things to choose, and it’s much easier than trying to get the seven Chaos Emeralds, that’s for sure!

We’ll already be getting more Sonic movies, as the third movie has been made since before the second hit, along with the full Sonic cinematic universe, so there’s no slowing down for a chili dog-eating friend. Although Jim Carrey, who made Dr. Robotnik his own, is considering retiring from acting altogether:

If you’ve seen Sonic the Hedgehog 2, let us know what you thought (without spoiling anything, of course) in the comments below!