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Sonic 2 has highest opening ever for a video game adaptation

2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog film surpassed many expectations, offering a fun and lighthearted family film while packing in enough references and easter eggs to excite even the most hardcore fans. The film was a commercial hit, spawning a sequel. Having concluded its first weekend in cinemas, Sonic 2 is already breaking records, achieving the biggest launch of any video game film in history.

As reported by Box Office Mojo, Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s 3-day domestic box office haul landed at an impressive $71 million. This has catapulted Sonic 2 to the top of the biggest launch charts, surpassing all other films based on video games. Interestingly, prior to Sonic 2 the biggest launch was in fact the first film with $58 million (with 3rd place going to Detective Pikachu at $54.4 million).

Detective Pikachu ultimately went on to gross over $430 million worldwide. Sonic 1 meanwhile ‘only’ managed $319 million – though this was right as COVID-19 hit, and as such all film sales were down. Despite this, Sonic 1 was the 6th highest grossing film of the year worldwide, with the top spot making $461 million.

After just 3 days, Sonic 2 has managed to garner a worldwide box office gross of $141 million – already establishing it as a commercial success. With how great these early figures are, it will be interesting to see whether Sonic 2 will be able to take Warcraft’s crown as the highest grossing video game film. Time will tell.

KitGuru says: Did you watch Sonic 2 in cinemas? What did you think? How much do you think the film will make when all is said and done? Let us know down below.

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