On the first day, the Marvel blockbuster “Morbius” with Jared Leto was still at the top of the cinema charts. But the vampiric anti-hero simply didn’t stand a chance against the family audience in “Sonic The Hedgehog 2” with soon-to-be-retired Jim Carrey…
The good news for cinema first: After the Corona requirements for going to the cinema were relaxed or even dropped completely in many federal states, the number of viewers rose sharply last weekend. Not only the new films were able to benefit from this – some other films suddenly had much higher visitor numbers than on the weekends before.
The blue video game hedgehog Sonic has stormed to the top of the German cinema charts with his second screen adventure “Sonic The Hedgehog 2“ although it could not quite match the ridiculously strong figures of the predecessor launched in 2020 around 225,000 visitors but still got off to a convincing start. In the sequel, alongside the returnees, James Marsden and “Dr. Robotnik” Jim Carrey (who recently announced his retirement from acting) also features fan favorites Knuckles and Tails for the first time.
Incidentally, it only became clear over the course of the weekend that “Sonic 2” would ultimately be ahead – the latest Marvel blockbuster was still on Thursday “morbidity” at the top: Apparently, after “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage”, many hardcore fans were particularly excited to see how the part of the Marvel universe for which Sony is responsible will continue.
With the general public, who would probably have gone to the cinema at the weekend, the sparks have so far only jumped over to a limited extent. In the end, they stood like this around 170,000 visitors for Jared Leto as “Morbius” to book. For comparison: “Spider-Man: No Way Home” with Tom Holland and “Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage” with Tom Hardy are – at that time still with corona restrictions – with approx. 1.15 million and 430,000 visitors respectively started in German cinemas.
It will also be exciting next weekend! Because even if the cinema chart winner is already certain, it will be interesting to see how “Fantastic Beasts 3: Secrets of Dumbledore” will do at the box office. Although the interest in the second part was not that high, the interim controversies surrounding Johnny Depp’s reshuffle and JK Rowling’s tweets, which are perceived as transphobic, have caused a new stir, which could have a positive or negative impact on the results.