Sonic Cinematic Universe breaks video game movie records again
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Sonic Cinematic Universe breaks video game movie records again

Sonic Cinematic Universe breaks video game movie records again
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Sonic Cinematic Universe breaks video game movie records again

 

Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s first weekend exceeded the record for ticket sales held by the original movie and earned $71 million in the US alone. It also brought in $70 million internationally.

This puts it at the halfway mark for the film’s total revenues of $319 million during its big-screen run in 2020. Before Sonic’s live-action series, Pokemon Detective Pikachu held the record for the largest video game opening. Pikachu’s mystery movie in which he is played by an entire adult man (Ryan Reynolds), with the most unfitting but still absolutely perfect voice, is still my favourite movie. But I’m glad for Sonic.

The top ten opening weekends also include Uncharted, 2001 Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider and Angry Birds. The 1993 Super Mario Bros. film doesn’t even make it to the top 30.

Sonic 2’s expansion of Sonic Cinematic Universe to include Knuckles (played by IdrisElba) is what may have been the driving force that drove Sonic 2 fans to see it. Sega and Paramount announced last February that Sonic would continue the live-action canon by giving Echidna his film. Sonic 2 stars Tails. However, Tails didn’t deliver my favourite movie speech in a riveting Pacific Rim monologue.

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Toby Ascher confirmed that the phrase “Sonic Cinematic Universe” is something we use now. Although it’s silly, characters like Sonic and Pikachu can make a better transition between mediums by accepting those parts that are absurd, and cheeky and share a few jokes. It’s the silly stuff like Sonic, which makes me nostalgic for my childhood. I prefer not to see the adaptations of series like Mass Effect. Kenneth Shepard, Fanbyte’s founder, says that the movie “leans in heavy on the videogame’s bullshit”, but doesn’t get bogged down in “buzzwords or winking”.

In truth, Sonic and Pikachu are the best videogame movie successes. We’d be stuck chasing the same characters twice without them, with new versions of Nathan Drake or Lara Croft. This is a discussion for another day. All of this is to say that I will be watching Pacific Rim later, and Sonic 2 when it’s available on my computer. Paramount Plus should add the movie to its streaming library this month.

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