Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is the highest grossing video game movie ever in the U.S.
As pointed out by star Ben Schwartz, the sequel has now outperformed the first Sonic film, the previous record holder. Sonic 2 has hit $147 million (and counting) compared to the original’s $146 million.
Sonic 2 didn’t conquer the global market but still did pretty well, making $287.8 million according to Deadline. While still an impressive amount, the film falls short of 2016’s World of Warcraft which made $439 million.
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The Blue Blur got off to a hot start in the U.S. by winning the domestic weekend box office, outperforming Morbius and Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum’s The Lost City with $71 million.
The film has a star-studded cast that includes Jim Carrey, Idris Elba, and Ben Schwartz, but it’s currently unknown which members will be returning for Sonic 3, which Paramount announced in February.
Carrey said ahead of Sonic 2’s release that this may be his last film ever, saying “I might continue down the road, but I’m taking a break,” and Paramount has already said it wouldn’t even try to replace him.
Schwartz, who plays Sonic, and Elba, as Knuckles, will likely be returning however, and the latter is even getting his own spin-off show as the Sonic cinematic universe was announced in February.
In our 7/10 review of the film, IGN said: “Sonic the Hedgehog 2 brings all the humour and charm of its predecessor, while also being delightfully more loyal to its source material.”
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.
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