According to studio estimates released Sunday, “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” soared to the top of the box office in its first weekend, grossing an astonishing US$71 million.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Earns Estimated US$71 Million In US
The weekend’s other major newcomer, Michael Bay’s “Ambulance,” which struggled in theatres, was beaten by Paramount’s PG-rated sequel.
“Sonic 2,” which reunites the director, writers, and actors from the original film, including James Marsden, Jim Carrey, and Ben Schwartz,
who portrays the blue video game character, debuted in 4,234 theatres, outperforming its predecessor’s opening weekend.
In February 2020, the first “Sonic the Hedgehog” film debuted over the Presidents Day holiday weekend, grossing $58 million in its first three days.
According to Box Office Mojo, the second picture debuted in the United States on Friday and grossed an estimated $26.5 million on its first day. On Saturday, it made an estimated US$26.8 million, and it earned an estimated US$17.7 million on Sunday.
The picture was shown in 4,234 theatres, with an average ticket price of $6,258 per theatre. Preview screenings on Friday brought in US$6.25 million.
In May 2020, the Paramount Pictures company stated that a sequel to the 2020 Sonic the Hedgehog film will be made, with Jeff Fowler returning as director and Pat Casey and Josh Miller returning as scriptwriters.
Producers for the new picture are Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher, and Toru Nakahara, with executive producers Hajime Satomi, Haruki Satomi, and Tim Miller.
In February 2021, Paramount Pictures unveiled the film’s logo, which has two tails fashioned like the franchise’s fox character Tails hanging off of an orange number two. In March 2021, Fowler revealed that work on the film had commenced on the same day on his Twitter account.
Idris Elba portrays Knuckles in the film, which he teased in August before the official announcement. As Tails, Colleen O’Shaughnessey reprises her role. Since the 2014 anime series Sonic Boom, O’Shaughnessey has been the character’s voice.
In February, Paramount Pictures announced that work on a third Sonic the Hedgehog feature, as well as the first live-action series in the franchise, had begun.
Idris Elba will reprise his role as Knuckles in the live-action series, which will premiere on Paramount Pictures’ Paramount+ streaming service in 2023.
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The original picture made $70,002,074 on its Presidents’ Day holiday opening weekend in the United States in February 2020, making it the highest-grossing film of all time.
The first film currently has a total of US$148,974,665 in the United States, surpassing Pokémon Detective Pikachu as the top film based on a game in the country, according to the Box Office Mojo website.
(In the United States, Detective Pikachu made US$144,105,346.) Internationally, the film has grossed US$170,741,018 for a total global gross of US$319,715,683. In March 2020, the film was released digitally, and in May 2020, it was released on DVD and Blu-ray Discs.
Sonic was voiced by Ben Schwartz (DuckTales, Parks, and Recreation) in the original film. The film stars James Marsden (Westworld, X-Men) and Tika Sumpter, with Robotnik portrayed by Jim Carrey (The Truman Show, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective).
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