'Sonic the Hedgehog 2' Opens to Huge $71M, 'Ambulance' DOA – The Hollywood Reporter

‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ Opens to Huge $71M, ‘Ambulance’ DOA – The Hollywood Reporter

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Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 opened to a huge $71 million in a major boost for the box office revival, and particularly the family market, according to Sunday estimates.

The PG-rated pic came in well ahead of expectations, including earning $26.5 million from 4,234 theaters on Friday.

sonic 2 is one of the few films of the pandemic era to open ahead of its predecessor. It also now has bragging rights to being the biggest opening of all time for a video-game adaptation, beating the first sonic.

In February 2020 — a month before cinemas across the country shut down because of the growing COVID-19 crisis — the first sonic opened to $58 million for the three-day Presidents Day weekend on its way to becoming the top-grossing video game movie of all time domestically ($148 million).

James Marsden, Jim Carrey and Tika Sumpter return for this sequel about the otherworldly, bright blue hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz) based on Sega’s hugely successful video game and media franchise. The story continues Sonic’s adventures on Earth following his arrival from a distant planet and his fumbling attempts to befriend a couple living in Montana.

The outlook isn’t so good for Michael Bay’s new film, Ambulancestarring Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

The action pic, released by Universal, opened to $8.7 million from 3,412 theaters despite a big push in Imax and premium large format screens. It debuted in fourth place behind sonic 2Sony’s Morbius – which dropped a hefty 73 percent its sophomore outing — and Paramount’s The Lost City.

Eiza González also stars in Ambulanceabout the aftermath of a Los Angeles bank robbery gone wrong.

Audiences liked sonic 2 and Ambulance better than critics, bestowing them with an A CinemaScore and A-CinemaScore, respectively. Critics slightly favored Bay’s movie, which presently sits at 69 percent on Rotten Tomatoes; sonic 2 is at 68 percent.

A24’s critically acclaimed specialty darling Everything Everywhere All At Once is expanding wide in its third weekend to stellar results. The placed No. 6 with a projected $6 million from 1,250 theaters.

April 10, 8 15 am Updated with revised weekend estimates.

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