“Sonic the Hedgehog 2” recorded this weekend the biggest opening for a film adaptation of a video game in US history, grossing $72 million in its first three days of screening.

The Paramount and Sega film surpassed other releases of films based on successful video games , such as “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” (54 million in 2019), “Uncharted” (44 million in 2022) and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” (47 million in 2019). 2001).

In addition, the good performance of the film was a boost for theaters after the pandemic, since more than 60% of viewers were families, according to data released by the Box Office Mojo portal.

Jim Carrey and James Marsden return to star in “Sonic the Hedgehog 2”, a sequel that continues the original film , in which those responsible for hits like “The Fast and the Furious” and “Deadpool” worked, which grossed more than 300 million in worldwide in early 2020.

In the plot of the new tape, Sonic joins forces with Tails to prevent Dr. Robotnik and Knuckles from appropriating an emerald that has the power to create and destroy civilizations.

While “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” was the preferred choice of viewers in the US, “Morbius”, the first foray into the Marvel universe for the chameleon Jared Leto, held on to second place with $10 million, ahead of “The Lost City” and its 9 million reaped.

“Ambulance” did not suffer the same fate, the return of Michael Bay (“Armageddon”, “Pearl Harbor”) to action with Jake Gyllenhaal and Eiza González, which grossed only 8 million in its premiere and settled for fourth position, ahead of only “The Batman,” which added 6 million in its sixth week in theaters.

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