The National Times - 'Sonic' sequel zips to top of N.America box office

'Sonic' sequel zips to top of N.America box office

'Sonic' sequel zips to top of N.America box office
'Sonic' sequel zips to top of N.America box office

Paramount's action-adventure film "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" took in an estimated $71 million in North America this weekend, a welcome sign for Hollywood that families are returning to in-person viewing, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

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"This is an outstanding opening," particularly for a sequel to a video-based movie, said David A. Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research.

The original "Sonic" film, based on the popular Sega game involving a lightning-fast hedgehog, scored a $58 million opening in early 2020 at a time when Covid-19 was only beginning to register as a threat.

The latest hybrid production includes Jim Carrey in a live-action role, while Ben Schwartz (Sonic), Idris Elba (Knuckles) and Colleen O'Shaughnessey (Tails) voice animated characters.

Last weekend's box office leader, Sony's vampire flick "Morbius," placed a very distant second this weekend, taking in $10.2 million, a steep drop from last weekend's $39.1 million. Jared Leto stars as a Nobel Prize-winner turned blood sucker in an adaptation from Marvel comics.

In third was another Paramount film, action romance "The Lost City," at $9.2 million. Sandra Bullock plays a romance novelist kidnapped by a twisted tycoon (Daniel Radcliffe) who wants her to help him find a buried artifact on a remote, volcano-prone island.

Fourth spot went to a new Universal release, action adventure "Ambulance," at $8.7 million. Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II star as adoptive siblings who steal an ambulance to escape after a bank heist.

And in fifth was dark superhero film "The Batman" from Warner Bros., taking in $6.5 million in its sixth week out. Robert Pattinson plays the caped crime fighter.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

"Everything Everywhere All at Once" ($6 million)

"Uncharted" ($2.7 million)

"Dog" ($635,000)

"Spider-Man: No Way Home" ($625,000)

"Jujutsu Kaisen 0" ($500,000)