Sonic the Hedgehog 2 raced to the biggest box office opening weekend for a video game adaptation in history, collecting $72.1 million in the U.S. and another $70 million internationally. That’ll buy a lot of gold rings.
The take was good enough to top the domestic box office table during its opening weekend, overtaking Sony’s Morbius. Historically, Sonic replaces himself on top of the video game adaptation hierarchy, as the original film pulled in $70 million over the 2020 President’s Day holiday. It’s worth noting that film came out over a holiday weekend, but more impressive still is that the original record was set just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. Perhaps this weekend’s performance could be a sign of hope for post-pandemic moviegoing.
Sonic the Hedgehog eventually pulled $148.9M domestically, setting the record as the highest-grossing video game adaptation in North America. It’s no surprise then that Paramount trusted Jeff Fowler, who directed the first, to return to the chair for Sonic the Hedgehog 2.