When the first video from Sonic the Hedgehog was released in 2019, many demanded that the company change the look of the main character. At the time, Paramount caved to the pressure and spent a significant amount of money entirely revamping Sonic, and it appeared like the film was doomed to be a costly flop. Sonic the Hedgehog, on the other hand, became the highest-grossing video game film of all time in the United States when it was released as one of the final large releases before the pandemic. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 has surpassed its predecessor to claim the title two years later.
While Sonic 2 surpassed $147 million at the start of this week and continues to earn a few million every day, it will have surpassed the $149 million mark set by its predecessor. There’s no way of knowing how much longer the first Sonic the Hedgehog would have lasted if the epidemic hadn’t cut its run short, but Sonic 2 has already been significantly hampered by the pandemic’s tail end as a counterweight. In any case, Sonic 2 may have broken the domestic box office record, but it is unlikely to overtake Warcraft for the global title, which now stands at $439 million.
Ben Schwartz, who plays the blue speedster, was quick to take to Twitter to congratulate the film on its success.