Box office: ‘Sonic 2’ hits $6.2 million on Thursday

Paramount and Sega sonic The Hedgehog 2, starring James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz and Idris Elba, It earned a whopping $6.2 million from preview screenings, including Thursday night shows and (presumably) Wednesday night sneak peeks. That’s double the $3 million earned by the first Sonic in its preview frame in mid-February 2020. The original film, buoyed by years of interest, decent reviews, and a certain crossover nostalgia hit that was Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik, opened with $58 million on Friday’s frame. to Sunday. of its inaugural President’s Day weekend from Friday to Monday of $70 million. With this exceptionally strong preview, gross, well, even F9 earned $70 million from a total Thursday gross of $7.1 million, which would translate to a $61 million opening weekend for sonic 2.

Yeah, we could easily see the $110 million sequel getting an opening weekend closer to $65 million than $55 million, especially since A) the reviews are still pretty good (66% and 5.9/10 on Rotten Tomatoes), B) the movie is a sequel to a much-loved predecessor that had a lot of post-theatrical play in early closing and C) Knuckles and Tails are value-added elements. Yes, there is always the danger that even well-received blockbusters aimed at children (such as the lego movie) can lead to “grown-ups were just curious the first time” sequels. However, he would say that Sonic, Robotnik, Knuckles, and Tails are standout characters. Also, A) Morbius isn’t exactly setting anyone’s critical acclaim meter on fire and B) we haven’t had a great “kids-specific” movie since sing 2 last Christmas.

I can’t think of a single reason why Jeff Fowler’s perfectly likable and impressively improved follow-up won’t make a best-case debut this weekend. It plays smart as a high-quality kids’ movie with nostalgic Easter eggs firmly positioned as condiments rather than main ingredients. Time F9 seems like a comparison of “cautious optimism”, sonic the hedgehog 2 it’s a kids’ movie and they tend to skew younger in terms of how much of the weekend is represented by previews. Lots of interested kids will have to wait until the right weekend thanks to mean mom and/or evil dad. Suddenly, if the legs like Unexplored ($3.7 million/$44 million) or Jumanji: The Next Level ($4.7 million/$59 million), then sonic 2 is looking at a $73-$77 million opening weekend.

For the record, I don’t want to set the stage for “disappointment” if the movie “only” opens to $50-$55 million this weekend. I choose optimism because that’s what the tea leaves say, but this is a $110 million movie that’s already made $30 million overseas and should be playing for weeks and weeks due to the lack of explicitly kid-friendly greats in between now. and (depending on your definition) Jurassic World: Dominion (which certainly seems to be selling “adventure” over “horror”) on June 10 or Light-year on June 17. Once again, Paramount is on a genuine hot streak, with solid earnings from Scream, Jackass Forever, The Lost City and now presumably sonic 2. And so, they have the benefit of the doubt to Top Gun: Maverick.

Meanwhile, Universal opened Ambulance last night. The R-rated action flick about two bank robbers who hijack an occupied ambulance stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Yayha Abdul-Mateen II and Eiza Gonzalez and is a smaller ($40 million) action comeback for Michael Bay. . It’s pretty good, albeit too long and redundant in that third act (ironically, the same problem I had with RRR and everything everywhere at once), and I’m hoping that the non-franchise, non-franchise, “new-to-you” star vehicles that constantly complain about “new-to-you” star vehicles show up this weekend. The film earned $700,000 in preview screenings, suggesting a domestic debut of $10 million. That’s not great, but this isn’t 1995.

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