Box Office: ‘Sonic The Hedgehog 2’ Becomes Top-Grossing Video Game Movie

Sonic (Ben Schwartz), and Knuckles (Idris Elba) in Sonic The Hedgehog 2.

Sega and Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog2 will surpass the domestic total of $148.9million Sonic the Hedgehog with $800,000. This includes $146m from its pre-Covid release and a few more bucks from its summer-of 2020 reissue. These are just a few recent releases that helped keep theaters open. That’ll make Jeff Wadlow’s Sonic 2 the highest-grossing movie based on video games in domestic earnings. This is the second consecutive time Sonic has broken this box office record. It will be (by default), the Batman or Spider-Man of video games franchises.

It will, presumably, be the first movie based on video games to surpass $150 million in unadjusted gross revenues. What about inflation? It will catch Pokemon The First Movie’s adjusted gross of $155 million this weekend to surpass Mortal Kombat‘s $70 million in 1995 and Pokemon The First Movie’s $185 million in 1999, respectively, to become the second-largest “tickets-sold” video game movie. It isn’t even close to Angelina Jolie’s first Tomb Raider which made $131 million in 2001 and would have been $212 million if adjusted for inflation. Fun fact: The idea of Jolie playing Lara Croft, the ass-kicking Lara Croft was so appealing that the movie opened in June 2001 with $47 million.

This was the third-largest opening for a non-sequel after X-Men ($54 million in 2000 and Jurassic Park ($50 million in 1993). It wasn’t great, and it was cut to ribbons after production. Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life was a superior combination of Indiana Jones and James Bond, Jolie, and a cast-to­type Gerard Butler. Its domestic gross of $65 million was paid for its predecessor’s sins. The “Tomb Raider Trap” was born. Sonic the Hedgehog2 was the opposite. It profited from the popularity of its predecessor, which wasn’t a movie that put nostalgia ahead of being a fun, kid-friendly, fantasy adventure comedy.

Although Uncharted was not a favorite of mine, my son enjoyed it, and the film achieved the results that Sony wanted. The $120 million action film, which stars Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg (a cast that includes many of the same actors as in the original), has already earned $146m domestically. This is behind only two Sonicfilms without inflation among video game movies. Before it leaves theaters, the film will likely be protested at the 400 million mark worldwide. It will be behind Rampage ($430 million in 2018), detective Pokemon$433 million in 2019, and Warcraft$438million in 2016. However, Rampage (which only cost $120 million) qualifies as an outright smash. The video game curse seems to be over.

Sonic the Hedgehog was a popular title that was made before Covid. The sequel is currently worth $290 million globally. Although it may not be the most popular video game, A) neither movie got/will likely get a boost in China (HTMO_ Warcraft earned $220 million after a frontloaded $90million Wednesday/Thursday debut, and RAMpage earned $155 million there) and B) you don’t need China to save you money if you don’t have more than $110million. Paramount has been on a roll lately ( Scream and Jackass Forever) and The Lost City. That’s why I look forward to Top Gun: Maverick this morning.

Sonic the Hedgehog is a popular franchise. This is because audiences loved the first film and came back for more. Paramount did announce plans to stream Idris Elba’s himbo scene-stealer Knuckles on Paramount+. However, this was after the first Sonic hit, a popular hit. They knew Knuckles would be a favorite with audiences. Although I wouldn’t say I like automatic multimedia saturation, it’s an excellent way to go, at least in the short term. Paramount’s first new IP franchise, Sonic the Hedgehog, is finally a success after many years of darkness. Joe: Star Trek and The Rise of Cobra, both in the summer of 2009.

The video game curse was not a thing, Tomb Raider and Rampage earned respectable gross revenues ($56 million/$274million and $101 million/$433million, respectively) in early 2018. Creating marquee characters with specific plots is the key to making movies that work regardless of whether audiences care about the IP. Sonic the Hedgehog features a long comic subplot to Natasha Rothwell indicates this. As teased by Shadow the Hedgehog’s mid-credits cookie in the film, Sonic 3, I honestly couldn’t care less about what it does with. I want to see Rachel team up with Knuckles or meet with Jim Carrey’s Doctor Robotnik.

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Samatha Vale
Samatha a senior writer for HC's entertainment team. She is an entreprenuer, mother and an excellent writer. She's also an avid reader, music enthusiast and all around inquisitive person - which is just a nice way of saying she's nosy.

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