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RoboCop Box Office Nears $200 Million And The Sequel Talks Begin

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robocopA year ago, the conversations were heating up around here over the pros and cons of bringing RoboCop back to life in a modern reboot of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 action classic. The voices were so loud for both sides, it seemed like a draw. Not that any of us could have stopped it anyway, as José Padilha’s take on the half-man/half-machine hit theaters last month. It probably surprises no one that audience reactions to the flick were also pretty polarized, with some loving the drone-on-RoboCop action and lack of camp value, while others thought it was meandering and without a proper focus on a villain or conflict. Well, I hope you guys are ready to dredge up all those feelings again, as the remake is inching its way towards a $200 million worldwide box office, which is usually the time when sequel talks start echoing off the graffiti-scrawled walls of the Internet.

To be very, very clear, the film is nowhere near reaching $200 million domestically, and I don’t think it would do that even if it stayed in theaters for the rest of the year. After three weekends, U.S. audiences have only brought in $51 million, which is just barely half of the pic’s entire budget of $100 million, and that’s not taking into account the massive promotional campaign it received. (Drunk-driving RoboCop ads cost mad money, yo.) So I don’t see anyone from Sony/Columbia wiping their asses with $100 bills while they discuss another franchise installment, but the foreign box office has probably caught their attention in a big way.

So far, the film has brought in over $136 million internationally, making its worldwide gross right around $187 million. It’s done marginally well in countries such as the U.K. and Russia, but China leads the pack, bringing in over $60 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo. That’s more than the U.S., Croatia, and Malaysia combined! China’s growing power in cinema can’t be denied, and given RoboCop‘s popularity there, is it out of the question to think any possible sequels could get Chinese funding? I wouldn’t be surprised.

We straddled the fence here at GFR — an easier task for a robot without human genitals — when it came to the reboot’s storytelling success. It featured far too little practical action and far too much “Michael Keaton not being evil while doing all the things that evil villains do” and “Joel Kinnaman being ashamed of his robo-stasis.” I’m completely behind a sequel, however, as Padilha’s film did a fine job of world building and setting up a Detroit that absolutely needs heroics from a lungs-and-head cyborg. So long as they give RoboCop a couple of human bad guys to fight, as well as a lot more of that fighting, I’d have no problem with this sequel. And if someone wants to make a drinking game for it already, I’d be fine with that as well.

Do you guys think a RoboCop sequel would be worth it?

Comments

  1. Orcus says:

    Since we’re digging up stuff from the 80’s:
    JUST SAY NO

  2. Thomas Campbell says:

    You no the sad thing is every one in this world cant see a good story if it slaped them n the face im 26 i watched the first robocop movies and loved the story for the action but wanted them to go more in depth about alex now in 2014 they make the story again with more depth about alex and his life as a cop wich was good yet ever one damn near bitches about the lac of action or some thing else that totaly takes away frm the story you all are fucking dumb honestly this is a great story fuck the critics and fuck the haters out there that cant see a good thing thats right in front of you if your dieng for a good action movie with substance then watch robocop if ur dumb and want to watch some crazy shooting and bairly any story then watch some other movie this had all the elements for a great movie as it was a great movie and im sure if u think hard about it if they make a second movie im sure there will be far more action and twists just like the second robocop movoe in the eightys it was an amazing idea to remake. This classic and to not continue the story would be just foolish but hey this is my opinion i will say i hope to see a second one in the future the story and acting and everything inbetwean was Amazing and highly enjoyable i had to buy the movie when it came out and i watch it almost once a week or more

  3. Orcus says:

    Thomas, maybe if you had a bit more of an eloquent response maybe folks will take your critique a bit more seriously. The only thing that you were able to prove was that cavemen love the new Robocop, critics and movie fans said otherwise.