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How Did These Movies Get Sequels?

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Kick-Ass 2 Aug. 16, 2013
Follow-Up To Kick-Ass, the 2010 black comedy about kid superheroes (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz) with no special powers.
Original’s Budget $30 million
Total Domestic Gross $48 million
Critics’ Average Grade B
Why It Got A Sequel For a movie to turn a profit, its domestic gross has to double its budget. Kick-Ass didn’t, but it earned an additional $48 million overseas, did robust home-video business, and generated significant cultural chatter. Plus, Chloë Grace Moretz, a virtual unknown in 2010, is now a star. So Universal greenlit a sequel. But will new cast member Jim Carrey’s outspoken objections to Kick-Ass 2‘s violence throw a monkey wrench in it all?

RED 2 July 19, 2013
Follow-Up To 2010’s RED, an action comedy based on the DC Comics series about Retired and Extremely Dangerous black-ops agents.
Original’s Budget $58 million
Total Domestic Gross $90 million
Critics’ Average Grade B
Why It Got A Sequel RED piled up $199 million in worldwide green, and Lionsgate/Summit sees TV-series potential in the brand. The studio is hoping RED 2 will reverse the one-and-done curse that’s plagued virtually every DC Comics-based movie for the past 25 years. Could Helen Mirren with a badass Gatling gun be all it takes to join Batman in the DC-franchise hall of fame?

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Aug. 7, 2013
Follow-Up To Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, director Chris Columbus’ 2010 adaptation of Rick Riordan’s popular YA fantasy novels.
Original’s Budget $95 million
Total Domestic Gross $89 million
Critics’ Average Grade C
Why It Got A Sequel Though sluggish here, Percy earned $138 million overseas (thanks especially to sparks in the U.K. and Australia) for a worldwide total of $227 million. And in an effort to attract new ticket buyers, Percy 2 has amped up the action, Jackson. And the wit. Says director Thor Freudenthal, ”There’s a humor in the books, an attitude that we’re going after.”

Riddick Sept. 6, 2013
Follow-Up To 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick (itself a follow-up to the 2000 sci-fi cult favorite Pitch Black).
Chronicles‘ Budget $105 million
Total Domestic Gross $58 million
Critics’ Average Grade C-
Why It Got A Sequel Two words: Vin Diesel. The buff baldy is part of Universal’s stable of valued stars due to the Fast & Furious franchise, and he used his clout to persuade the studio to distribute Riddick, a passion project. The risk is minimal for Universal, since Diesel’s company, One Race Films, produced and financed the film. And it did so on a much slimmer budget than its predecessor’s.

Hansel & Gretel 2 Date TBA
Follow-Up To This year’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, a revisionist fairy tale in the same ridiculous vein as Van Helsing.
Original’s Budget $50 million
Total Domestic Gross $56 million
Critics’ Average Grade D+ Why It Got A Sequel Critics savaged it, and U.S. audiences smelled the stench too. Yet through some act of witchy magic, H&G took off overseas, topping out at $170 million. Universal looked especially fondly upon its grosses in Brazil ($23 million) and Russia ($19 million), two of the world’s fastest-growing markets, and happily ordered up a second helping. (Jeremy Renner must be…thrilled?)

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