Paramount’s ‘Sonic 2’ Tops Predecessor With $71 Million Opening Weekend Box Office

Paramount Pictures’ kids-friendly Sonic the Hedgehog 2 bounded out of the gate to generate an estimated $71 million in opening box office weekend revenue across more than 4,200 screens through April 10. The tally trounces the previous benchmark set by the movie’s predecessor, Sonic the Hedgehog, which tallied $58 million in its opening three-days in pre-COVID 2020.

Also helping the video game adaptation was excellent social media buzz, including an “A” on CinemaScore, a 97% approval on Rotten Tomatoes, and 74% rating on Comscore’s PostTrack metric, as well as Spring Break release.

The opening for Sonic 2 (featuring again the voice of Ben Schwartz as Sonic, and Jim Carey playing Dr. Ivo Robotnik) bodes well for the franchise, as well as Paramount, which now has four No. 1 North American box office openers in 2022, including The Lost City, Scream and Jackass Forever.

Sonic 2 easily bested Universal Pictures’ Michael Bay-directed actioner Ambulance, co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal, which only saw an estimated $8 million in ticket sales — well below previous conservative estimates around $14 million.

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Can Paramount’s ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Sequel Bring Back Family Moviegoers?

The sequel to Paramount Pictures’ wildly successful pandemic theatrical release Sonic the Hedgehog is projected to dominate the North American weekend box office (through April 10) with upwards of $70 million in revenue across more than 4,200 screens. The video game adaptation, which seeks to lure pandemic-wary family moviegoers back to theaters, has already generated about $6.5 million in sneak peek screenings.

Paramount is set to screen Sonic 2 exclusively in theaters for 45 days — a strategy the studio replicated with success for The Lost CityJackass Forever and Scream, in addition to A Quiet Place Part II in 2021.

The original Sonic the Hedgehog generated $58 million in its opening weekend and then quickly moved into the home entertainment distribution channels where it was a top-selling packaged-media and digital release.

Sonic 2’s tally should be more than enough to offset Universal Pictures’ action-drama newbie Ambulance, co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, with $11.4 million in projected box office revenue across about 3,200 screens.

That’s enough to relegate the previous week’s chart topper Morbius, Sony Pictures’ latest Marvel antihero movie, to the No. 3 spot with $11.3 million in ticket sales. The Jared Leto-starrer is looking to top $57 million after 10 days of release.

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Paramount Bows New Trailer for ‘Sonic’ Sequel; Home Release Expected by Summer

Paramount Pictures on Dec. 10 released a new trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which is scheduled to open in theaters on April 8 and arrive on digital and disc by early summer.

The film is a sequel to last year’s Sonic the Hedgehog, which wound up as the studio’s top-selling DVD/Blu-ray Disc of 2020.

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In the film, Sonic, now settled in Green Hills, is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik returns, this time with a new partner, Knuckles, in search for an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails, and together they embark on a globe-trotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 stars James Marsden, Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, and Jim Carrey returning, alongside new additions Shemar Moore, with Idris Elba as the voice of Knuckles, and Colleen O’Shaughnessey as the voice of Tails.