‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ Booms in Opening, ‘Ambulance’ DOA – The Srdtf News

‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ Booms in Opening, ‘Ambulance’ DOA – The Hollywood Reporter

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Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is headed for a $67 million-$69 million domestic opening, a major boost for the box office revival, particularly the family market.

The PG-rated sequel took in a rousing $26.5 million from 4,234 theaters on Friday, including $7 million in Thursday previews. Weekend numbers will be updated Sunday morning.

Sonic 2 is one of the few films of the pandemic era to open ahead of its predecessor. In February 2020 — a month before theaters across the country shut down because of the growing COVID-19 crisis — the first Sonic opened to $58 million 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, Ambulance, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

The action pic, released by Universal, grossed roughly $3.2 million on Friday from 3,412 theaters for a projected domestic debut of $8.3 million-$8.6 million despite a big push in Imax and premium large format screens.

Eiza Gonzalez also stars in Bay’s latest movie, about 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. Bay’s movie presently sits at 66 percent on Rotten Tomatoes; Sonic 2 sits at 68 percent.

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