Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Delivered with Stunning Opening Weekend

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 had a massive weekend debut, breaking box office records for films based on video games! The movie brought in $71 million at the domestic box office and an additional $141 million internationally. This makes it the biggest opening ever for a movie based on a video game!

Sonic fans turned out in droves to see their favorite blue hedgehog on the big screen, and it looks like Sonic is here to stay!

As a 90s kid, I love seeing memories from my childhood brought back to life in such a way that new and old fans love, like what Dragon Ball FighterZ did for a stale gaming franchise. Sonic 2 (for the Genesis) was one of my first and favorite video games and I used to love the Sonic cartoon when I was little. So I’m excited Sonic is finally getting the big-budget treatment it deserves.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie poster on the left vs the box art for the Genesis game of the same name, on the right
Who else is a sucker for nostalgic throwbacks like this?

Like the Games, the Sequel Topped the Original

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a sequel to 2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog. It is the second in a series of adaptations of games about the famous blue hedgehog capable of outrunning just about anything.

Ben Schwartz voices the hedgehog himself and Colleen O’Shaughnessey voices Sonic’s famous flying sidekick, Tails the two-tailed fox. Idris Elba voices Knuckles, my favorite echidna. James Marsden returns as Sonic’s adopted father and Jim Carrey makes a return as Dr. Robotnik.

The record for “biggest opening for a movie based on a video game” already belonged to the first film about the hedgehog, which brought in $58 million domestically.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Receives Mixed Reviews

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is already a smashing success for Paramount’s bottom line. But the critical reception has been more mixed. The film currently has a 67% on Rotten Tomatoes. The critics’ consensus reads: “It isn’t as much fun as the little blue guy’s greatest games, but if you enjoyed the first film, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 serves as a generally acceptable sequel.”

But hey, what’s more important than the opinions of people whose job it is to criticize everything?

The audience score of 97% of course!

I appreciate a thoughtful review from a professional from time to time. But I weigh the response of the audience more when it comes to films like this. I choose to see movies like Sonic the Hedgehog 2 because I want an enjoyable escape. Not because I’m looking for an award-winning piece of cinema.

Should you go see Sonic the Hedgehog 2?

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is smashing box office records and audiences are loving it! Critics may be mixed, but when 97% of moviegoers say they liked the film, that’s what matters to me. If you’re looking for a good family-friendly film to see in theaters, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is your best bet.

Have you seen the movie, yet? What did you think? Did you like it more than the first one? Let me know in the comments below!

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