Sonic 2 Zips Past 140 Million, Leaves Original in the Dust

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This weekend was a pretty big deal for Sonic fans. The highly anticipated followup to 2020’s smash hit Sonic the Hedgehog made its debut at theaters on April 8 and introduced Tails and Knuckles to the evolving Sega cinematic universe. But, of course, it had some mighty red sneakers to fill, considering its predecessor’s financial and critical success. A glance at Rotten Tomatoes shows that this sequel has sped past consumer and critic expectations. It’s currently doing even better than the original in terms of reception.

As you might expect, the box office is telling a similar story. At the time of writing, Sonic The Hedgehog 2 has grossed  $197 million worldwide. Despite not having the advantage of being released during a holiday weekend like the first film, it managed to amass a whopping $72 million compared to the original’s $58 million during its debut.

These numbers are a big deal for two reasons. First, not only did Sonic manage to take the international box office crown, but he’s also beaten his record for the highest-grossing video game movie on opening weekend. With the success of Detective Pikachu and two Sonic films, the stigma surrounding game to film adaptations that has persisted since the ’90s is withering away. Numbers don’t lie, and these figures prove that such adaptations can work for Hollywood and a nice chunk of the source material’s fanbase when done right.

It’s a three-way win for the fans, the everyday moviegoer, and Paramount. The company has seen back-to-back success with Sonic 2ScreamJackass Forever, and The Lost City. With a third Sonic film in development alongside a spinoff centered around Knuckles on deck for Paramount Plus, the hedgehog will undoubtedly continue doing numbers for Paramount.

I genuinely believe that the success of these movies and the rollout of Sonic Origins and Frontiers later this year may help launch the franchise into a state of relevancy it hasn’t seen since the console wars of the 1990s. The movies have helped usher in a new generation of fans thanks to their family-friendly appeal, and even if the games manage to fall through, it’s proof that the character and this universe can still hold their own in 2022.

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