In keeping with the tradition of celebrating our nation’s birth by grilling up a lot of weiners, Magic Mike XXL will grind and thrust its way into theaters on July 3, 2015, adding to the insanity of an already crowded summer release schedule. Magic Mike XXL will be going pec to pec with Terminator: Genesis, set to be released on July 1. I have a feeling they aren’t targeting the same audience, though.
Magic Mike was a surprise hit for Warner Bros., bringing in well over $150 million on a $7 million budget. But it was a pretty self-contained story, and without director Steven Soderbergh behind the camera, I don’t know if they can elevate the cliched and cheesy aspects as well as the first film did. Also, didn’t he quit stripping at the end? Is it going to be Magic Mike XXL: Return of the Thong? Dear Lord, I hope not. I guess here is where I should note that I hated Magic Mike. Turns out I really don’t enjoy the anxiety of feeling like I might miss an important plot point if I didn’t look at Matthew McConaughey’s ass.
Still, those of us who don’t want to watch Channing Tatum shake it like a polaroid picture again will have plenty of other options. In addition to the aforementioned Terminator movie, Jurassic World, The Fantastic Four, Ted 2, and Ant-Man will hit theaters in the surrounding weeks. And by July 3 you may even be all movie-ed out after having already seen Chappie, Fast and Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Tomorrowland that spring. What I’m saying is, it’s a crowded release slate, and this sequel may have a hard time connecting among so much competition.