Sonic the Hedgehog 2 surpassed competitors at the box office and even its predecessor. First Sonic the Hedgehog opened in theaters in the spring of 2020 and grossed a very solid $58 million in its first three days of release. Now Sonic 2 here, and it’s made even better in theaters. It opened to ticket sales in America for approximately $71 million.
Sonic was one of the last hits in cinemas before the Covid pandemic started closing multiplexes around the world, so the fact that Sonic 2 starts even better – a very good sign for the film and the franchise. (BUT Sonic the Hedgehog 3 seems inevitable at this point.) The latest movie brought back Jim Carrey as the evil Dr. Robotnik, along with Ben Schwartz as the voice of Fast Sonic. He also introduced film versions of Sonic’s sidekick Tails and the fearsome Knuckles the Echidna, voiced by Idris Elba.
The news was much less positive for Ambulance, a new action movie from director Michael Bay. It was something of a return to form for Bay, with critics praising the film—it holds a 69 percent on Rotten Tomatoes—and calling it the best film in years. But the public didn’t care; the film grossed just $8.7 million over the weekend, second only to Sonic 2 but also Morbius and lost citywhich have been in theaters for several weeks now. (only plus Ambulance is that it was relatively inexpensive to produce, costing $40 million to produce). This will be the worst first weekend of Michael Bay’s career.
Here’s the full top 5 weekend box office hits (via Checkout Mojo):
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – $71 million
- Morbius – $10.2 million
- lost city – $9.1 million
- Ambulance – $8.7 million
- Batman – $6.5 million
To sum it up, Michael Bay is making a really decent action movie, and he’s barely made ten times less than the second one. Hedgehog Sonic. Films!