If you were going with domestic grosses alone, Jose Padilha’s reboot of RoboCop would be 2014’s biggest flop. It seems like fans of the original stayed away in droves as the film has only made $51 million in the U.S., just a hair over half of its $100 million budget.
However, as Cinema Blend kindly points out, sequels are no longer determined just on domestic grosses alone. See, overseas, the film is a rock star. It has made over $136 million in foreign totals, and that’s with the film yet to be released in Japan and Belgium and having just opened in China. It’s worldwide total now stands at just under $187.6 million, close to the sequel worthy doubling of its budget of $200 million, a total it should surpass before the month is out.
No official word on the sequel has been given, but if they do go the sequel route, the bar this time around won’t be as hard to jump over. While Paul Verhoeven’s original was a classic, its follow ups were anything but. And this version of the story lends itself better to a sequel. So, RoboCop 2 might not be all that bad of an idea after all.