Adam Sandler probably doesn’t care what you think about Growns Up 2. The sequel to the comedian’s 2010 hit made a decent splash at the box office over the weekend.
Despite getting destroyed by critics, the follow-up to director Dennis Dugan’s star-studded comedy Grown Ups ended up making a respectable amount of money from moviegoers. The estimates at Box Office Mojo suggest the comedy earned $42.5 million over the weekend.
This is certainly great news for Adam Sandler and the folks at Columbia Pictures. Even if business drops off significantly by next weekend, Grown Ups 2 is well on its way to recouping its surprisingly large $80 million budget.
Moviegoers famously stayed far away from the former Saturday Night Live cast member’s previous live-action comedy. Director Sean Anders’ That’s My Boy was both a critical and financial disaster for Columbia last year.
The $70 million effort only managed to snag $36 million from North American audiences. The picture’s worldwide total stalled out at a disappointing $57 million. Fortunately for both Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, the animated family flick Hotel Transylvania helped boost their box office credibility.
However, it seems as though the Billy Madison star isn’t shifting cinematic gears anytime soon. The upcoming romantic comedy Blended finds Sandler re-teaming with Wedding Singer director Frank Coraci and star Drew Barrymore. Sandler and Barrymore would join forces again for 50 First Dates in 2004.
Thankfully, there is hope. Screen Rant reported last year that Sandler had landed a role in the Will Ferrell comedy Three Mississippi. Unfortunately for fans of the comedians, it’s been a while since any real news about the project has bubbled to the surface.
Although Adam Sandler enjoyed some success with Grown Ups 2 over the weekend, the same cannot be said for Guillermo del Toro and Pacific Rim. The $200 million action flick only scrounged up $38.3 million in ticket sales. It remains to be seen if Warner Bros. will squash del Toro’s proposed sequel.
Are you a fan of Adam Sandler? What did you think about Grown Ups 2?
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