Paramount’s Sonic the hedgehog 2 has crossed the $400 million threshold at the global box office, including $190.6 million domestic and $209.5 million international through Tuesday. It is currently the No. 8 movie worldwide in 2022 and will likely jump a few steps up as Japan and Hong Kong have yet to be released. Paramount’s CineEurope presentation today featured a threequel.
The Little Blue Beast sequel initially got off to a fast, early start overseas in late March, adding markets over the course of several months.
The top 5 offshore markets to date are the UK ($34.3 million), Mexico ($22.1 million), France ($17.3 million), Australia ($16.6 million) and Brazil ($ 12 million).
in your own country, sonic 2 debuted in April at $71 million, surpassing the original’s 2020 film’s three-day opening results, which had bowed over a holiday weekend.
The first film eventually grossed $171 million overseas and nearly $320 million worldwide, but was also cut short when the Coronavirus crisis was just beginning. It finished as the No. 6 movie worldwide in 2020, and No. 3 for the Hollywood studios.
According to Par’s President, Worldwide Marketing & Distribution, Marc Weinstock, “With Sonic the hedgehog 2our filmmakers and production partners have delivered the high-quality theatrical experience the whole family has been waiting for, and we are thrilled with the enthusiastic global response to the characters and world we’ve created from the much-loved Sonic IP.”
Daria Cercek, Co-President, Paramount Motion Picture Group, added: “This milestone shows that audiences are hungry for great family entertainment, and that when we deliver lasting world-class franchises, we deliver crowds in theaters. We can’t wait to expand the Sonic universe and bring more exciting stories to fans with the next movie installment and the upcoming Paramount+ series.”
The Jeff Fowler-directed picture is based on Sega’s much-loved video game franchise, and now based in Green Hills, Sonic is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik returns with a new partner, Knuckles, in search of an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails, and together they embark on a world journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands.
Recurring cast includes James Marsden, Ben Schwartz and Jim Carrey. Also back are Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally and Lee Majdoub. New additions include Shemar Moore, with Idris Elba as the voice of Knuckles and Colleen O’Shaughnessey as the voice of Tails.
The screenplay is by original writers Pat Casey, Josh Miller and John Whittington. Producers include Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher, Toru Nakahara and Hitoshi Okuno.