Of Paramount Sonic the Hedgehog 2 $ 1.2M ran with No. 1 start in France Wednesday is when the sequel begins its early rollout at the international box office this weekend. In France, Little Blue Cruiser topped the market by 30% on the holiday of the first day of the previous film.
In total, the Jeff Fowler-directed film opens 31 markets this season, representing 50% of the offshore footprint. Major ones like Germany and Australia have added to the debuts in the UK and Spain on Friday. Launched April 8 in North America.
This is a different release strategy from the original 2020 movie that went out in the day-to-day 40 offshore markets in February. The movie eventually grossed $ 171M overseas and around $ 320M worldwide, but its legs have shrunk as the coronavirus crisis has just begun. It finished at No. 3 worldwide for movie 6 and Hollywood studios in 2020.
Based on the favorite video game franchise from Sega, the sequel has now settled Sonic in the Green Hills and is eager to prove what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik returns with a new partner, Knox, in search of an emerald that has the potential to destroy civilization. Sonic teamed up with his own sidekick, Tales, and together they embarked on a world-travel journey to find the emerald before it fell into the wrong hands.
The returning cast includes James Marsden, Ben Schwartz and Jim Carrey. Also back are Tika Sampter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally and Lee Mazdub. New additions include Shemer Moore, Idris Elba as Knox, and Colin O’Shaughnessy as Tales.
The screenplay is by original authors Pat Casey, Josh Miller and John Whittington. The producer is Neil H. Moritz, Toby Asher, Toru Nakahara and Hitoshi Okuno.