The new Sonic movie just had a super opening weekend

The latest Sonic the Hedgehog movie has allegedly enjoyed the best opening weekend for any video game movie, hopefully inspiring more LEGO Sonic sets going forward.

Sonic the Hedgehog has proved a mainstay of video games since the early ’90s, but a feature film has proved rather elusive. That all changed in 2020, when a movie starring Ben Schwartz (as Sonic) and Jim Carrey (as Dr Robotnik) burst onto our screens. The movie was a critical mediocrity but a commercial success, and it appears the sequel has built upon that momentum to great effect.

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 introduces key characters like Tails and Knuckles to the Sonic Cinematic Universe, with Tails’ current voice actor Colleen O’Shaughnessey reprising her role. Knuckles, however, is voiced by none other than Idris Elba – a likely reflection of the franchise’s continued popularity.

As reported by Comicbook, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is on track to earn $71 million in its opening weekend – beating off its competitors by a considerable margin. It’s far from the only Sonic project on the books; in addition to a third film and a Knuckles TV spinoff, a new animated series is coming to Netflix at some point. We’re also getting a new Sonic game called Sonic Frontiers by the end of 2022.

What’s conspicuous by their absence, of course, are any new LEGO Sonic sets – something the LEGO Group has only explored in passing. While the latest set (21331 Sonic the Hedgehog – Green Hill Zone) did enjoy pride of place on the homepage for a while, the success of the movie hasn’t inspired any new LEGO Sonic announcements.

Themes like LEGO Super Mario have presumably been a big hit with LEGO fans, given more than 100 sets have appeared in that theme to date. It’s likely that the upcoming Super Mario movie will also inspire interest in LEGO Super Mario (even if no direct tie-ins have been confirmed). As Sonic the Hedgehog appears to be recapturing his earlier popularity, a lack of LEGO Sonic sets will likely become harder and harder to understand.

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