Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is the highest grossing video game movie ever in the U.S.As pointed out by star Ben Schwartz, the sequel has now outperformed the first Sonic film, the previous record holder. Sonic 2 has hit $147 million (and counting) compared to the original’s $146 million.

Sonic 2 didn’t conquer the global market but still did pretty well, making $287.8 million according to Deadline. While still an impressive amount, the film falls short of 2016’s World of Warcraft which made $439 million.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has finally made its mad dash onto the big screen, and with it comes a collection of Sonic references spanning the Blue Blur’s 30 years in video games and other forms of media. As such, we’re giving you the cheat codes to unlocking some of the biggest Easter eggs and deep cuts hidden within the Sonic sequel. Gotta go fast!

By far the film’s biggest Easter egg comes in the mid-credits scene when we hear talk about Project Shadow, before Shadow the Hedgehog is revealed in a secret laboratory. Project Shadow was first mentioned in Sonic Adventure 2 and expanded upon in the Shadow the Hedgehog video game. This is possibly the biggest revelation coming out of the film’s sequel, as it potentially sets up the next villain Sonic and friends will likely face in Sonic 3. With the introduction of the Master Emerald, the chaos emeralds and the Shadow reveal, it seems we’ll be seeing more Sonic Adventure characters show up in the next outing (we’re looking at you, Chaos). Only time will tell, but seeing the rivalry between Sonic and Shadow play out on the big screen is sure to be epic.

In the movie, the U.S. military has formed a branch dedicated to hunting down Sonic, his friends, and other perceived threats. They’re known as the Guardian Units of Nations (G.U.N.) and they first showed up in Sonic Adventure 2. Another Sonic Adventure reference? One of the helicopters seen towards the film’s climax has “SA-2” written on it, which seemingly stands for Sonic Adventure 2.

On the side of the plane flown by Tails, you may have noticed the number 761. This refers to Sonic’s top speed from the 1993 guidebook Stay Sonic. In it, Sonic uses a treadmill that increases his running speed, wherein he breaks the sound barrier at 761 mph, turning the originally brown hedgehog blue.

In the movie, Sonic sleeps in a racecar bed. This is a nod to the Archie Comics Sonic the Hedgehog run, where Sonic was often shown sleeping in a racecar-shaped bed.

Sonic fans are aware of the Blue Blur’s love of chili dogs, and the movie also makes reference to Knuckles’ penchant for grapes. In many documents detailing the Sonic characters, there’s frequently been mention of Knuckles’ love of fruits, especially grapes. It’s a deep cut, but hardcore fans will enjoy it.
The Blue Blur got off to a hot start in the U.S. by winning the domestic weekend box office, outperforming Morbius and Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum’s The Lost City with $71 million.

The film has a star-studded cast that includes Jim Carrey, Idris Elba, and Ben Schwartz, but it’s currently unknown which members will be returning for Sonic 3, which Paramount announced in February.

Carrey said ahead of Sonic 2’s release that this may be his last film ever, saying “I might continue down the road, but I’m taking a break,” and Paramount has already said it wouldn’t even try to replace him.

Schwartz, who plays Sonic, and Elba, as Knuckles, will likely be returning however, and the latter is even getting his own spin-off show as the Sonic cinematic universe was announced in February.

In our 7/10 review of the film, IGN said: “Sonic the Hedgehog 2 brings all the humour and charm of its predecessor, while also being delightfully more loyal to its source material.”

Source: This news is originally published by ign

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