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'Sonic 2' Highest Grossing Video Game Ever Released in U.S.

"Sonic the Hedgehog 2" has set a new record for domestic gross from a video game movie.
"Sonic the Hedgehog 2" has set a new record for domestic gross from a video game movie. / Courtesy of Paramount

"Sonic the Hedgehog 2" has become the highest grossing movie based on a video game ever made in the U.S.

Ben Schwartz, who plays Sonic in the film, celebrated the milestone on Twitter earlier this week, pointing out that the sequel had beaten the record previously held by its predecessor.

"#SonicMovie2 has officially passed the domestic box office total of the first #Sonic film, officially making the sequel the highest domestic grossing movie based on a video game of all time," Schwartz wrote. "AND THIS LITTLE BLUE GUY IS STILL GOING!!! AHHHH!!!!"

To date, the film has accrued more than $147 million, surpassing the first film's $146 million at the domestic box office. Nearly half that total came in on the film's opening weekend, when it grossed $71 million to top the box office. Although Sonic 2 has also brought in a sizable amount overseas, it's unlikely to set any records for global box office gross — it's earned $287.8 million internationally, Deadline reports, which is well short of the 2016 World of Warcraft movie's $439 million haul.

Paramount announced a third Sonic film in February, but has yet to reveal the cast for the follow-up. Jim Carrey, who plays primary antagonist Dr. Robotnik, has said he may never appear in another film, period, and Paramount has said it would not recast the character should he decide not to return. Other central cast members from Sonic 2 include the aforementioned Schwartz, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Colleen O'Shaughnessey and Idris Elba.