Although making $3.7 million on opening weekend may not seem like a terrible thing, apparently this number helped Machete Kills achieve one of the worst debuts in history.
The highly-anticipated albeit poorly-reviewed sequel didn’t stand a chance against Gravity and Captain Phillips at the box office over the weekend. In fact, the movie couldn’t defeat the animated family flick Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 in ticket sales.
The problem isn’t how much the movie made but how many theaters screened the flick over the weekend. Despite it’s decidedly limited appeal to mainstream moviegoers, Machete Kills opened in approximately 2,500 theaters. This didn’t do the follow-up any favors.
According to the numbers at Box Office Mojo, there are currently seven other feature films that made less than the Machete sequel when they opened in theaters across North America. Misery might love company, but Open Road Films probably doesn’t feel any better knowing this information.
Taking the top three positions on this list are the teenage fight flick Won’t Back Down, Rainn Wilson’s The Rocker, and the Drew Barrymore drama Lucky You. Hoot, Rumor Has It, Joe Somebody, and The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising bring up the rear.
Despite the appeal of Machete Kills to Rodriguez fanboys and grindhouse aficionados, the film couldn’t beat Firehouse Dog, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, or Josie and the Pussycats at the box office. These are sad times, indeed.
What does the sequel’s box office failure mean for Machete Kills Again? According to star Danny Trejo, the project’s future could be directly tied to follow-up’s success. Judging from his comments, fans probably shouldn’t hold their breath for another installment.
“Robert wants to do that but we’ll have to see how this movie does. If people keep seeing them, then we’ll keep making them,” Trejo recently explained to I Am Rogue.
Did you catch Machete Kills in theaters this weekend? Are you surprised that the sequel had one of the worst opening weekend’s in box office history?
[Image via Open Road Films]