‘Sonic 2’ beats the first film at the box office
sonic the hedgehog 2 outsold the competition at the box office — and even its own predecessor. The first one sonic the hedgehog opened in the spring of 2020 and made a very respectable $58 million in its first three days of release. Now Sonic 2 is there, and it’s even better done in the movies. It opened to approximately $71 million in US ticket sales.
Sonic was one of the last theatrical hits before the Covid pandemic began shutting down multiplexes around the world, so the fact that Sonic 2 starts even better is a very good sign for the film and for the franchise. (A sonic the hedgehog 3 seems inevitable at this point.) The latest film brought back Jim Carrey as the evil Dr. Robotnik, along with Ben Schwartz as the voice of the speedy Sonic. It also introduced movie versions of Sonic Tails’ sidekick and menacing Knuckles the Echidna, voiced by Idris Elba.
The news was much less positive for Ambulance, the new action movie from director Michael Bay. For Bay, it was something of a comeback, with critics praising the film — it has 69% on Rotten Tomatoes — and calling it her best film in years. But the public didn’t care; the film made just $8.7 million over the weekend, trailing not only Sonic 2 but also Morbius and The lost city, both of which have been in theaters for several weeks at this point. (The only advantage for Ambulance is that it was relatively inexpensive to manufacture, costing $40 million to produce). It’s on course for the worst opening weekend of Michael Bay’s entire career.
Here’s the full weekend box office top 5 (via box office mojo):
- sonic the hedgehog 2 – $71 million
- Morbius – $10.2 million
- The lost city – $9.1 million
- Ambulance – $8.7 million
- The Batman – $6.5 million
So to recap, Michael Bay makes a really satisfying action movie and it barely made a tenth of a second Sonic the Hedgehog. Movies!