Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the video game movie sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog, is off to a record-breaking start in the box office.
Sonic 2 made $72 million during its’ weekend debut in domestic territories, with a worldwide total of $142 million. This not only earned the movie the number one position in the world, but also the strongest domestic weekend debut for a video game movie in history.
Moreover, the film was confirmed to be the biggest domestic opener for actor Jim Carrey, as it surpassed the opening of his 2003 flick Bruce Almighty at $68 million.
The numbers have been celebrated by different figures from the cast and crew, as well as the staff associated with the Sonic franchise. At the same time, one of Paramount’s top execs expressed how difficult it was to grow a movie franchise backed by strong numbers.
Sonic 2‘s record opening is a victory for Paramount and for the industry at large. The filmmakers did an amazing job of crafting a film that is both in service of Sonic’s legions of fans as well as the general and family audience.Chris Aronson, Paramount Theatrical Distribution president
In regards to the movie’s international box office, Sonic debuted first this weekend to countries like Brazil, in which it brought $3.36 million, with 816 thousand tickets being sold. Combined the numbers from countries like Mexico ($6.30 million), United Kingdom ($14 million), France ($9 million) and Australia ($5 million), the total in international sales brought $70 million to the blue hedgehog.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is now out in movie theatres.