Warner’s stripper sequel “Magic Mike XXL” wound up with $27 million at 3,355 sites for the five days, with a 96% female audience. Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer reprised their roles from the 2012 sleeper hit. Performance was front-loaded with $15 million in its first two days but with a budget of just $14.8 million, “Magic Mike XXL” is already in the black for the studio.
The original “Magic Mike” opened on the June 29-July 1 weekend three years ago with a stunning $39.1 million on its way to a $113 million domestic total.
Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out smoked the competition even in it’s third week of release with over $45 million in domestic box office.
“I think this one is probably more what people wanted in the first film,” he told me. “We just couldn’t do it on the first movie. I think we all wanted there to be moments like that in the first film, but the reality of that world is not all giggles and fun. We had to let people understand that we knew the world, that it’s a real one, not savory at times, at least the one I was privy to.”
“Every time I’ve put on a thong and am ready to walk onstage, I’m like, ‘Why do I want to do this?’ ”
I asked Tatum if he’d ever do it again—not in a film, not as a joke, but for real, in front of a mob of women, on a dark night when he could dance one of the classic pieces: the waylaid fireman; the cop who has other ways of settling the ticket; the street rapper who rides the pony. “Well, we’re going to start a [Magic Mike] show in Vegas, and I’ll never say never,” he told me. “I wouldn’t mind going out there and doing it one more time. Or maybe twice. But, you know, every time I’ve put on a thong and am getting ready to walk onstage again, I’m like, ‘Why do I want to do this?’ It’s very uncomfortable to be in a thong in front of a thousand people.”
“That was going to be one of our plot points. To thong or not to thong. But my wife was like, ‘You cannot have a movie without these guys getting in thongs.’ ”
And bonus round – check out Channing busting 7 dance moves in 30 seconds:
Last night on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon invites MAGIC MIKE XXL star Channing Tatum to a “fun challenge” wherein they would read scenes written by kids, whose only knowledge of the film was that it was titled “Magic Mike.”
From the first scene, when Channing reads as “Magic Mike” promising to “pump up your bike tire using my ‘magic bike pump,'” you see where the jokes are going.
A shirtless trio of MAGIC MIKE XXL stars – Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer – grace the cover of Entertainment Weekly in advance of the the upcoming July 1st premiere of the hit movie sequel.
A bit odd looking as it’s clearly a composite, but nice to see the shirtless view 🙂
The good news – MAGIC MIKE XXL released a new movie poster today in advance of the upcoming July 1st release date, and it’s totally working for me.
And just to show why they’ve got the “magic,” Cosmopolitan did their own photoshoot with average guys recreating the film’s posters. The exercise clearly demonstrates that a pose does not “magic” make.
Unfortunately, everyone can’t be a “Magic Mike.” Take a look at the photo shoot vid below.