Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is crushing the box office

Grossing over $140 million on its opening weekend, it's the highest opening for a video game movie ever.

The Blue Blur’s latest cinematic outing has made a big splash. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has already been a huge box office success overseas. Now, its debut in the U.S. and Canada on Friday only pushed those numbers even higher.

After opening in North America on April 8, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 earned over $70 million USD domestically. That subsequently doubled the movie’s total global revenue, proving that Sonic’s success on the big screen wasn’t a one-time deal.

It’s not just a success on its own merits, either. Given its impressive debut, it’s now become the most successful movie based on a video game in history. With a third movie and Knuckles TV series already in development as well as reports surrounding a Sonic cinematic universe, the message is clear: the public wants more movies based on our favorite hedgehog.

Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2

How is Sonic the Hedgehog 2 doing at the box office?

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is cleaning house at the box office so far, soaring past $140 million international gross in its opening weekend (for the U.S. and Canada). It clenched the best opening weekend for a video game movie to date — a title previously held by its predecessor.

Beyond the box office, the response to Sonic the Hedgehog 2 from fans has been encouraging as well. While critics have been fairly mixed (as might have been expected), audiences have been overwhelmingly thrilled with the movie, giving it a 97% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Our own Alex Lehew is one such fan, saying: “Sonic The Hedgehog 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.

Have you seen Sonic the Hedgehog 2 yet? What are your thoughts on it? Let us know! (No spoilers, please!)

Via Nintendo Life.

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