Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is on track to surpass the entire original films US gross at the box office this week after earning 145.8 million dollars so far. The sequel saw Ben Schwartz return as the blue speedster alongside Jim Carreys Doctor Robotnik James Marsden and Tika Sumpter. Idris Elba and Colleen OShaughnessey joined the cast as iconic longtime Sonic the Hedgehog characters Knuckles the Echidna and Mile Tails Prower.After vanquishing Dr. Robotnik to the World of Mushrooms and settling on Earth in the first film Sonic the Hedgehog 2 built upon the first films success by bringing more of SEGAs beloved characters to the big screen. When Robotnik returns with the mysterious Echidna Knuckles Sonic had to team up with Tails to face the deadly new duo while preventing the mad scientist from acquiring the powerful Master Emerald. Following on from the first films surprise success Sonic the Hedgehog 2 broke box office records by having the highest grossing video game movie opening to date and is currently set to continue to impress at the box office in the third week of its release.
As reported by Variety Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has currently earned 145.8 million dollars at the box office in total on its third weekend since its release. For the weekend it places second behind Universal Pictures animated family film The Bad Guys. The sequels current box office gross is only 3 million dollars short of Sonic the Hedgehogs total US gross as the original 2020 film earned 148 dollars upon its pre pandemic release with it being believed the sequel will surpass the original films numbers this week. The original films theatrical release and potential box office success were cut short due to measures being taken to prevent the further spread of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Paramount Pictures and SEGA have already capitalized on the surprise success of Sonic the Hedgehog before the sequel hit theatres greenlighting a spin off TV series centered on Knuckles in February 2022. Focusing on Elbas character and set to air on the Paramount+ streaming service Sonic the Hedgehog 2 director Jeff Fowler hopes that audiences will fall in the love with the character in the sequel and want to see more revealing in a recent interview that the series was still in early production. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 also laid the groundwork for its own sequel in a post credits scene with the surprise of the reveal of fan favorite character Shadow the Hedgehog and the presence of GUN who both debuted in 2001s Sonic Adventure 2 video game.
Sonic the Hedgehog is perhaps one of the most unlikely success stories for a major film franchise in recent years as Paramount and SEGA not only had to handle an overwhelming fan backlash to the lead characters controversial original design but the originals box office run being cut short. With the cast sharing their hopes for Sonic 3 and future characters as well as the positive reception from fans Sonic the Hedgehog 2s financial success is sure to inspire confidence in the property going forward. Despite having to overcome many unexpected obstacles the Sonic the Hedgehog series has sped past previous video game movies breaking the curse of theatrical video game adaptations and firmly standing toe to toe with other major franchises.