The Sonic the Hedgehog 2 hype train continues rolling on. Released earlier this month in the United States, it garnered widespread acclaim from fans and opened strongly at the box office. Especially for a movie released as theaters are still dealing with COVID-19 restrictions, Sonic 2 showed that the first movie was not a one-time fluke.
There’s even more great news for the film: it recently overtook the first Sonic movie as the highest-grossing domestic video game movie. With over $148 million earned in the United States, it’s a huge triumph for SEGA and Paramount.
Previously, the sequel earned the best opening weekend for a video game movie, also beating out its predecessor. And while Sonic 2 has a ways to go to become the highest-grossing video game movie ever (that’s the 2016 film Warcraft), it’s awesome to see it continue to kill at the box office.
Sonic 2 cleaning up at the domestic box office
To date, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has earned over $290 million worldwide, about half of which came from the United States. It lends credence to the idea that video game movies aren’t inherently unsuccessful. With a sequel and TV show in development, the Blue Blur’s filmed antics are far from over.
Beyond the box office, the response to Sonic 2 from movie fans has been encouraging as well. Audiences have been overwhelmingly thrilled, giving it a 96% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Our own Alex Lehew wrote of the movie: “Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is an adaptation that understands the series it’s being adapted from and is proud to be so. Everyone involved this time around feels like they had the gloves taken off to go as wild with the series as they could. And every decision made has positive effects on the movie.” You can view Mega Visions’ full spoiler-free review here.
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Via PC Gamer.