Sonic the Hedgehog 2 finally made its theaters two years after the release of the first film which was weeks before the COVID-19 lockdown started. Of course, the number one question is if a lot of people will flock in to see our beloved titular hedgehog's follow-up adventure now that he is joined by Tails and Knuckles. Fortunately, as it turns out, that is what actually happened based on the opening night numbers.
According to Deadline, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 opened to a stellar $6.25 million from its Wednesday fan screenings and Thursday night previews. As a result, it is now projected to open around the north of $50 million this weekend. The film's Thursday night previews number ($5 million) is 66% higher than the first one which only had a preview of $3 million and ended up with an opening weekend number of $58 million.
Due to the on-going pandemic, it is likely that the sequel won't top the numbers of the first one. However, despite that, it's still impressive as it would lead them to take the number one spot this coming weekend. It also shows that a lot of the audience was interested to see the follow-up film and, if it ends up getting good word-of-mouth, there is a chance that it will surpass the projected numbers.
As for the film's main competitor, Michael Bay's new film Ambulance, it only managed to nab $700,000 during its Thursday previews which is a sign that it might have a disappointing opening weekend number and far from the usual box office results that we would see from a Bay film.
The box office numbers of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 have been very impressive so far and it is a sign that it will have the same success as the first one. This should be good news for fans and for the studio who is counting on its success as they have already started working on a third film. Let's just wait and see how it will hold up in the next few weeks and what its overall audience score will be.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is now showing in theaters everywhere.