Sonic the Hedgehog 2 had the best opening weekend of any video game movie

Shawn Knight

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What just happened? Sega's furry blue mascot has delivered once again. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 wrapped up its domestic box office opening weekend run with $71 million in ticket sales, setting a new record in the process.

The original Sonic the Hedgehog generated $58 million domestically at the box office on opening weekend when it premiered in early 2020 right before the pandemic started shutting everything down. The haul set a new high mark for a film based on a video game, a category that studios have historically struggled with.

The record would stand until this past weekend when Sonic 2 took the crown.

In the grand scheme of things, Sonic 2's strong opening weekend is proof positive that things may finally be getting back to normal.

The movie industry took an absolute beating during the pandemic and it seemed at times that the traditional film distribution model wasn't long for this world. To its credit, the industry did its best to adapt to the unprecedented times in an effort to stay afloat.

Of the few new movies that trickled out during the pandemic, many were made available on-demand to stream at home. Theater owners, meanwhile, resorted to screening classic blockbuster films at reduced rates. Some even rented out entire auditoriums for private screenings.

Paramount has already confirmed that a third Sonic movie is in the works alongside a live-action TV series. The latter will premiere on the Paramount+ streaming service sometime in 2023, we're told.

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BadThad

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Just a lot of parents taking their kids to a movie and there's nothing else for them to see except woke disney crap. This is mostly parental backlash against disney.
 

Irata

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In the grand scheme of things, Sonic 2's strong opening weekend is proof positive that things may finally be getting back to normal.

Or..maybe just like the first Sonic Movie or more recently Spiderman No Way Home, it shows that giving fans - also known as ‚paying customers‘ - what they want pays.

I find it cute that for all recent movies that flopped, the pandemic was given as reason, yet Spiderman, released during the same time, grossed $1.9 Billion at the international box office. One of the two must be incorrect.

Maybe, just maybe, the Studios will realize that fan service is a good thing as it makes money (even more if you consider merchandising) while pandering to offended Twitterati does not.
 

Avro Arrow

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Or..maybe just like the first Sonic Movie or more recently Spiderman No Way Home, it shows that giving fans - also known as ‚paying customers‘ - what they want pays.
Yeah, whooda thunkit?
I find it cute that for all recent movies that flopped, the pandemic was given as reason, yet Spiderman, released during the same time, grossed $1.9 Billion at the international box office. One of the two must be incorrect.
Good filmmakers give results.
Bad filmmakers give excuses.
Maybe, just maybe, the Studios will realize that fan service is a good thing as it makes money (even more if you consider merchandising) while pandering to offended Twitterati does not.
I'll believe that when I see it. Thus far, they are a perfect storm of ignorance and arrogance.