Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is now the highest-grossing home video game movie ever made – earning $147 million in the US just to tip the original’s $146 million. Domestic qualification is necessary because while the Blue Blur sequel grossed $287.8 million globally (thank you deadline), is still far from World of Warcraft’s $439 million.
The film shows Sonic and Tails looking for the Master Emerald, with Idris Elba’s Knuckles and Jim Carrey’s Dr Robotnik in hot pursuit. Interestingly, the film’s release coincided with Carrey announcing his intention to retire from acting – Sonic 3 was confirmed by distributor Paramount in February, so with these kinds of numbers, Carrey’s resolve will no doubt be tested with an extremely large check.
Ben Schwartz, Sonic’s voice actor in the films, tweeted to celebrate the numbers that surpass the first film:
#SonicMovie2 has officially passed the domestic box office total for the first #Sonic movie, officially making the sequel the highest-grossing video game-based domestic movie of all time. AND THAT BLUE GUY STILL GOES!!! AHHH!!!! pic.twitter.com/H3YOr3DIebApril 26, 2022
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will come to Paramount+ streaming service on May 24, just six weeks after its theatrical release. There will be a lot more Sonic as well as the third movie, with a spinoff series featuring Knuckles on the way and rumors of a Tails solo movie. The film’s producer, Toby Ascher, also said recently, “We’re creating a Sonic cinematic universe, so we knew we were going to add characters, like Tails and Knuckles; new to the movies, but loved by gamers all over the world.”