SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 Looks Set To Race Past MORBIUS For Impressive $55 Million Opening Weekend

Sonic the Hedgehog has already started rolling out in theaters across North America, and the iconic SEGA character looks set to race past the finish line at #1, making short work on Sony Pictures' Morbius.

Despite mostly negative reviews, Morbius performed better than expected (to some extent, anyway) when it arrived in theaters with a $39.1 million opening weekend. However, thanks to poor word of mouth, you probably won't be surprised to learn that Sony's Marvel movie is looking at a decline of 55% - 60% this weekend, though Variety believes it could drop by as much as 65% to 70%! 

Either way, $15 million is on the higher end of what Morbius is looking to collect, making it easy prey for a certain blue hedgehog. Preview screenings for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 began yesterday evening, and early estimates point to a $55 million opening. It could go even higher, and Paramount Pictures has to be released with these numbers seeing as the first debuted to $58 million in 2020.

Internationally, the Sonic the Hedgehog sequel has already grossed a solid $29.8 million. 

Michael Bay's Ambulance isn't expected to do particularly well with $10 million, meaning it will likely be topped by Morbius for a debut at #3. There was a time when the filmmaker was a huge draw, but that no longer appears to be the case, and this is definitely a disappointing estimate for a movie that stars Jake Gyllenhaal (Spider-Man: Far From Home) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman). 

"Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a truly great video game movie and a sequel that delivers on all fronts," we said in our recent review of the sequel, "action-packed, hilarious, and full of fun references, this fan-pleasing adventure is a game we'll happily play again."

What do you plan to watch on the big screen this weekend?

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