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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is now the highest-grossing video game movie of all time in the United States.
In its third week in US cinemas, the movie held firm at second place in the box office charts, grossing a further $15.6 million on top of its existing earnings.
According to Box Office Mojo, this means the movie has now grossed a total of $146,258,543 in the US.
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As noted by Sonic news site Tails’ Channel, this extra $15.6 million takes Sonic 2 above the total US box office of Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Uncharted and the original Sonic movie, making it the highest-grossing video game movie ever in the US box office.
It’s important to note, however, that this only relates to the domestic US box office, and that the film still has some way to go before it can be considered the highest-grossing video game movie worldwide.
Box Office Mojo states that Sonic 2’s total worldwide gross currently stands at $288 million, which makes it just the 10th highest-grossing video game movie worldwide behind the likes of the original Sonic movie, The Angry Birds Movie, Uncharted, Detective Pikachu and, the current number one, Warcraft (which grossed $439 million worldwide).
It will be some time before Sonic 2’s final worldwide domestic gross is known. The movie won’t be released in Japan until August 19, for example, while Paramount suspended its release in Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, with no indication of when (or if) it will ever release in that country.
It’s clear, however, that Paramount considers the Sonic movie franchise a success, and wants to continue it going forward.
Paramount and Sega announced in February that a third Sonic the Hedgehog film and a live-action TV series focusing on Knuckles have already entered production.