BOX OFFICE: Universal "Disappointed" With KICK-ASS 2's $13.6 Million Opening
Despite analysts predicting that Kick-Ass 2 would take the top spot at the North American box office this weekend, it has in fact earned only $13.6 million (meaning it is currently tied for third place with last week's Elysium). Universal were expecting better. Read on for details!
Thanks to the overwhelmingly positive reviews for The Butler, Kick-Ass 2 failed to come even close to giving Lee Daniels' movie any serious competition. However, more surprising than the fact analysts were way off with their predictions that the Jeff Wadlow helmed superhero sequel would earn at least as much as its predecessor is just how poorly it has performed in North America so far. With an opening weekend of $13.5 million, Kick-Ass 2 finished behind We're the Millers and currently looks set to have tied for third place with Elysium. We'll know tomorrow which movie actually came out on top. With a budget of only $28 million, the big screen adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s comic book still has time to turn things around. It's kicked off its international run with $6.3 million and will open in more territories next weekend. However, Universal are clearly shocked at its domestic performance. "We were disappointed we didn't match the opening of the first movie," said Nikki Rocco, Universal president of distribution. "The good thing is that it represented very minimal risk for the studio, and the first film did very well in ancillary markets, so we'll see where this goes domestically and internationally."
Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kick-Ass
Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit-Girl
Christopher Mintz-Plasse as The Mother F*cker
Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars
Donald Faison as Doctor Gravity
Lindy Booth as Night Bitch
Andy Nyman as The Tumor
Robert Emms as Insect Man
John Leguizamo as Javier
Morris Chestnut as Sergeant Marcus Williams
RELEASE DATE: August 16th, 2013
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