‘Sonic 2’ Becomes Hollywood’s 16th $400 Million Covid-Era
So Said Paramount, Jeff Fowler sonic the hedgehog 2 surpassed $400 million at the worldwide box office. This includes $190.563 million in North America and $209.451 million overseas for the $110 million Sega video game adaptation. The national total is more than $40 million more than the closest video game-based competitor of $146 million. Unexplored ($402 million worldwide) and the $148 million sonic the hedgehog ($306 million worldwide). Heck, even after adjusting for inflation, that $190.6 million gross is only behind Angelina Jolie’s. grave robber ($131 million in 2001/$212 million adjusted) among video game movies. And yes, the film earned $95 million more than its 2020 predecessor worldwide while earning reviews and buzz both on par with the first film and leaving fans genuinely excited for what a trio could contain.
I couldn’t say that ‘Shadow the Hedgehog”s credit cookie reveal is on par with Batman turning over a Joker card at the end of batman begins, but my son might not agree with that assessment. The film retained the gee-whiz sensibility of its predecessor, existing first as a high-quality adventure fantasy aimed at children and as a nostalgic IP adaptation second. The fact that the film includes a long comedic subplot for Natasha Rothwell’s Rachel, one that briefly allowed Rachel and her sister (Tika Sumpter) to team up and outwit bumbling cops, shows that all parties have understood why. the first image worked. It was not just a generic notion of a Sonic film, but specific elements in particular films (including Jim Carrey in fullcable guy like Doctor Robotnik) that entertained fans and the general public.
Anyway, this is the eighth film (including China’s Battle at Changjin Lake 2) to spend $400 million worldwide and Paramount’s second title alongside Top Gun: Maverick ($480 million domestic and around $912 million (right after the Korean War epic which grossed $911 million in China). This is the 23rd film of its kind since Covid began to take this step, joining the two Battle at Changjin Lake movies, Japan demon slayer the movieChina Hi Mom, Detective Chinatown 3, The Eight Hundred and My People My Homeland. Among Hollywood films, he joins WB Godzilla vs. Kong, Dune, Batman and Fantastic Beasts 3sony Venom 2, Spider-Man: No Coming Home and Unexploredby Disney Shang-Chi, Eternals and Doctor Strange 2Universal F9, no time to die, sing 2 and Jurassic World 3 and Paramount Top Gun: Maverick.
This list (the non-Chinese titles) includes two anime films, six comic book superhero films, three fantasy sequels, one fantasy debutant, and four “non-fantasy” action movies. Disney’s Covid-era success relies entirely on the MCU films, which is a conversation for another article, but Hollywood’s 16 films are split between the big five studios. And, yes, if we consider 20th Century as its own studio, then Avatar: The Way of the Water will do six before the end of the year. Lionsgate mostly takes the year. I’m crossing my fingers for that Wick jeans 4 becomes their first non-hunger games/Dusk $400 million more next year.
For a subgenre that’s been supposedly “cursed” for 29 years, we’ve got two video game-based movies that rank among the year’s biggest. Sonic 2 join Tom Holland Unexplored ($402 million)Carnage ($430 million), Detective Pikachu ($430 million) and Warcraft ($438 million) among the highest-grossing video game movies of all time, even though Detective Pikachu can be a one-and-don and Warcraft (which cost $165 million and made half its money in China in a very busy run). Unexplored will probably get a sequel, and Sonic 3 has to be pretty high on Paramount’s priority list, although Dwayne Johnson’s mash of giant animal monsters (always my pick for best video game movie of all time) was apparently considered a one-off achievement. We’ll see if Illumination is animated Super Mario Bros. may become the first to smash $450 million early next year.