‘Sonic The Hedgehog 2’ Races To $6.25M In Previews – Deadline

Updated: Paramount’s Sonic The Hedgehog 2 grossed $6.25M in previews from Wednesday fan screenings and Thursday showtimes that started at 3 PM. The film is expected to make north of $50M this weekend. Universal/Endeavor Content’s Ambulance is not looking great at $700K last night from 2,800 theaters that started at 7PM.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2‘s Thursday was $5M, 66% higher than the first 2020 movie’s $3M Thursday previews, which started at 5PM. That movie opened saw a $20.9M opening day, of which previews only accounted 14% of, and a $58M 3-day, $70M four-day weekend before finaling at $148.9M. The movie’s legacies were indeed impacted then by the onset of the pandemic, and exhibition closing nationwide.

In regards to Ambulance, the good news is that it’s double the preview number of Universal’s previous action dud The 355 which did $350K at 2,300 theaters that began at 7PM on its Thursday. The irony here with Ambulance is that it’s director Michael Bay’s best reviewed movie of his career, tied with The Rock which also was 68% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and the movie isn’t going to make it to double digits in its opening. The logical question is why wasn’t this sent to Peacock, day-and-date. I understand that Universal wanted to be in the Bay business, and made a negative pickup here from Endeavor Content, who financed the Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Eiza González for an estimated $40M. The only bragging rights here for Universal is that the movie was cheap. After the pic’s disastrous $20M foreign box office result in 59 territories, Uni is already dealing with the reality that this vehicle is broken.

Among regular movies in release, Sony’s Morbius did $1.3M yesterday ending its week with an estimated $46.9M. The movie is expected to decline 65% in weekend 2 given its genre nature. Paramount’s The Lost City did $1.1M, -8% from Wednesday, for a second week estimated at $19.9M and two-week total of $59.7M. Warner Bros.’ The Batman did $745K, -7% from Wednesday ending its fifth week with $14.3M, and a running total of $352.5M. Sony’s Uncharted did $303K in its 7th Thursday for a weekend of $5M and a running total of $140.3M.

Michelle Yeoh in 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'

Michelle Yeoh (center) in ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’

Meanwhile, A24’s Everything Everywhere All at Once is the little engine that could. The movie did $113K at its current 38 week 2 locations, and another $530K in previews (all in Thursday $643K) heading into its 1,200 theater expansion, bringing the movie’s running total to $2.8M. This is a very promising result for specialty cinemas.

The 25th Anniversary of Jennifer Lopez movie Selena from Iconic ranked 5th yesterday with an estimated $216K at 308 locations, we hear. This is not a one night only event, but will continue in upcoming weeks.

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