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C'mon Hollywood: Give us a Dredd sequel!

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Last September a little comic book action pic called DREDD 3D hit theaters with a thud, leaving the prospects of a sequel in the “never gonna happen” category. Although most folks who caught the film seemed to really enjoy it, word of mouth did little to up its numbers at the box office, leaving little hope of seeing the further exploits of Judge Dredd in the rebooted incarnation on the big screen again. But, then something happened. DVD and Blu-ray sales went through the roof, initially selling 650,000 units upon release, making it the best-selling new release of 2013 and has continued to maintain a spot on the charts since. Like many films that fail to connect to audiences in theaters, DREDD 3D has proven that there’s an audience for the franchise.

But, is that enough? Poor box office, good home video sales, and a niche audience aren’t the best set-up to greenlight a sequel. But, don’t worry, there will be a fourth ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS movie. And, perhaps that’s the most disheartening aspect of it all. There’s a long string of movies that, minus box office receipts, are generally regarded as craptastic affairs, but still managed to shovel in enough cash to merit a follow-up. So, where does that leave films like DREDD 3D? Well, for starters, it’s an uphill climb, but that doesn’t mean it can’t “make it to the top.”

It’s still been less than a year since DREDD 3D hit theaters, so some may argue that it may still be early in the game to start another one. However, when looking at how fast many sequels are greenlit (such as MAN OF STEEL), it’s been a lengthy timeframe for DREDD 3D to be sitting in limbo. Since it’s initial run, everyone from director Pete Travis, screenwriter Alex Garland, star Karl Urban, and even Lionsgate have made comments about the possibility of a sequel to the film, but most of them hinge on the word “hope” or “possibility” which is hardly an assurance. And, that’s reasonable given the marketplace.

However, the longer they delay making a follow up, the further we get from it actually happening. Travis, Garland, and Urban aren’t going to put their careers on hold for “hope” of a sequel, which is understandable. The Facebook page “Make a DREDD sequel” recently posted a quote from an unnamed industry source, who said “DNA will know in the next few weeks whether the important DVD/Blu-ray sales have boosted the overall profits on the movie enough to consider a sequel. Tell everyone to start their letter writing and sharing of the film in earnest as this could be the last chance for a number of years or never!"  As a result, DVD and Blu-ray sales spiked, which is yet another indicator that there’s more than a passing interest in a sequel, which is indicated by the language that Hollywood speaks; money.

But, is it enough money? And, beyond that, are the principals still interested? Garland has said that he has a DREDD trilogy mapped out, while director Pete Travis has said he doesn’t think he’d be involved. Urban, who positively owned the character of Judge Dredd, has maintained his hold on the role if the possibility ever arises. With that being said, it seems that it will take more than a few stars to align to make a DREDD 3D sequel happen, but that certainly doesn’t make it impossible. For me, DREDD 3D felt like the ROBOCOP sequel we never got: Tough, brutal, cheeky, and fun with more than enough nods to the source material to make it a viable and faithful entry in the comic book genre.

There are few things they can do the help push a sequel through and I think if the studio heeds them it will help make the possibility of a DREDD 3D sequel a reality.

First up, they need to drop the 3D. It was cool enough in the theater, but totally unnecessary. Minus the slo-mo sequences, I barely noticed it. Secondly (and obviously), Urban must be DREDD. Otherwise, just drop it. Next, the studio should consider a dual VOD/theatrical release. Blashphemy? Hear me out. With much of the audience finding the film on home video to begin with, it would make sense to appeal to that, while still giving the die-hard fans an opportunity to see it on the big screen as well.  Lastly, they have to keep the hard-R rating intact. A watered down, PG-13 DREDD goes against any reasoning to have a sequel in the first place.

DREDD may be the “little engine that could” in terms of hit movies and that’s okay. Naturally, studios aren’t going to put money into a sinking ship if they can avoid it, but I think DREDD has proven that it has the stamina to pull in the profit, while appeasing a niche crowd. Keeping a sequel to DREDD 3D simple, tightly budgeted, and consistent with the hard-edged violent affair that was the original is the key to success. With an ever-growing fan base and strong home video sales, I think DREDD 3D has earned its justice, which comes in the form of the only sentence possible: Sequel.

Extra Tidbit: If not Pete Travis, who would you like to see direct a sequel to Dredd?
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3:02PM on 06/26/2013

ME 2! DREDD 2 PLEASE!

I've been wanting a sequel since the instant the last scene of the first one cut out. I would like to see them keep everybody. Karl Urban and the same writer and director. I thought the movie was directed fantastically and I wouldn't like to see a different style come in. I'd be cool with 3-d just because the first time I saw it was in 3-d at a friends house and it was damn good on his tv. If they had to drop 3-d I wouldn't care just give us a badass sequel!
I've been wanting a sequel since the instant the last scene of the first one cut out. I would like to see them keep everybody. Karl Urban and the same writer and director. I thought the movie was directed fantastically and I wouldn't like to see a different style come in. I'd be cool with 3-d just because the first time I saw it was in 3-d at a friends house and it was damn good on his tv. If they had to drop 3-d I wouldn't care just give us a badass sequel!
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2:24AM on 06/26/2013

DREDD 2 PLEASE

c'mon Hollywood... greenlight this one now... we need it.. we want it... you KNOW you need to get Karl Urban back again.... PLEASE PLEASE????
such a GREAT film.... needs a follow up.
c'mon Hollywood... greenlight this one now... we need it.. we want it... you KNOW you need to get Karl Urban back again.... PLEASE PLEASE????
such a GREAT film.... needs a follow up.
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12:19AM on 06/26/2013

i would love one!

Hello everyone! I would like to say that DREDD blew me away !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sadly though like most people i did not see in the theaters because of the 3d and i thought they would just keep pushing the 3d and forget about this awsome character . I really did enjoy this movie though . I loved the hell out of Keith Urban he's one hell of an actor . All we could do is pray and Hollystupid actually brings him back for a sequel.
Hello everyone! I would like to say that DREDD blew me away !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sadly though like most people i did not see in the theaters because of the 3d and i thought they would just keep pushing the 3d and forget about this awsome character . I really did enjoy this movie though . I loved the hell out of Keith Urban he's one hell of an actor . All we could do is pray and Hollystupid actually brings him back for a sequel.
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9:32PM on 06/25/2013

It's a longshot, but I want one so badly!

I'm sorry to admit I was pretty skeptical and thought Dredd was going to be total crap when news of it first came out. I didn't see it until it came out on DVD and I was completley blown away! I definately think the whole 3D push brought it down. I mean it was called Dredd 3D on EVERY piece of advertisement! Everyone already hates 3D, and if a "reboot" of a series that started with a shitty movie from the 90's is advertized as such, it's gonna fail. I mean look at Total Recall. I wish I had
I'm sorry to admit I was pretty skeptical and thought Dredd was going to be total crap when news of it first came out. I didn't see it until it came out on DVD and I was completley blown away! I definately think the whole 3D push brought it down. I mean it was called Dredd 3D on EVERY piece of advertisement! Everyone already hates 3D, and if a "reboot" of a series that started with a shitty movie from the 90's is advertized as such, it's gonna fail. I mean look at Total Recall. I wish I had seen it in theaters to add my $9 to the measely $13 million it made. I doubt it'll happen anytime soon, but I'll be first in line when it comes out!
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9:26PM on 06/25/2013

DREDD 2

Please Give the fans a Dredd 2. If they can pump out those god awful Resident Evil movies every month then they can surely invest in something worth putting out there for fans. Clearly people were telling their friends about Dredd because that movie made a killing in Blu ray sales. Dredd reminded me of Die Hard. DREDD 2 DREDD 2 DREDD 2!
Please Give the fans a Dredd 2. If they can pump out those god awful Resident Evil movies every month then they can surely invest in something worth putting out there for fans. Clearly people were telling their friends about Dredd because that movie made a killing in Blu ray sales. Dredd reminded me of Die Hard. DREDD 2 DREDD 2 DREDD 2!
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7:32PM on 06/25/2013
Ditch the 3D, do the sequel. Dredd doesn't need 3D as a gimmick. Fucking fantastic movie... as evidenced by the comments below, there are a ton of people very keen for a sequel.
Ditch the 3D, do the sequel. Dredd doesn't need 3D as a gimmick. Fucking fantastic movie... as evidenced by the comments below, there are a ton of people very keen for a sequel.
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6:52PM on 06/25/2013
I watched Dredd again this past weekend. Just an all-around fun violent flick. I was already proud to own the blu-ray, but I'll be even more proud if it helps get the sequel made.
I watched Dredd again this past weekend. Just an all-around fun violent flick. I was already proud to own the blu-ray, but I'll be even more proud if it helps get the sequel made.
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5:57PM on 06/25/2013
I watched this again last night and expressed the exact sentiments on Facebook. People want this. We need it. I called everyone out for not supporting it during it's box office run.
I watched this again last night and expressed the exact sentiments on Facebook. People want this. We need it. I called everyone out for not supporting it during it's box office run.
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5:53PM on 06/25/2013
I would really hate to be that guy & I am no troll either, but didn't y'all already do an article in this same column awhile back?
I would really hate to be that guy & I am no troll either, but didn't y'all already do an article in this same column awhile back?
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6:15PM on 06/25/2013
No. I've been writing this column for the last year and a half. The only column I've written on Dredd was why it initially failed at the box office.

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All you have to do is click on the features link on the front page to find out for yourself. You are "that guy" this time out.
No. I've been writing this column for the last year and a half. The only column I've written on Dredd was why it initially failed at the box office.

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All you have to do is click on the features link on the front page to find out for yourself. You are "that guy" this time out.
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4:18PM on 06/25/2013

HELL YEAH !!!

It probably wont happen anytime soon, knowing that DREDD 3D lost a lot of money (estimating more than $40 million for Liongates) but it really deserves a sequel, for being the most surprising and entertaining action movie of 2012. And for our irony, this one wont be getting a sequel soon, but Taken 3 is happpening, where they will kidnap Bryan Mills, and than Bryan Mills will come to the rescue (if you get my point).
It probably wont happen anytime soon, knowing that DREDD 3D lost a lot of money (estimating more than $40 million for Liongates) but it really deserves a sequel, for being the most surprising and entertaining action movie of 2012. And for our irony, this one wont be getting a sequel soon, but Taken 3 is happpening, where they will kidnap Bryan Mills, and than Bryan Mills will come to the rescue (if you get my point).
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3:23PM on 06/25/2013
If not Pete Travis, how about Doug Liman as a director? He definitely knows his way around action scenes (1st Bourne movie, Mr. and Mrs. Smith), and his car chase scenes are the best in Hollywood.
If not Pete Travis, how about Doug Liman as a director? He definitely knows his way around action scenes (1st Bourne movie, Mr. and Mrs. Smith), and his car chase scenes are the best in Hollywood.
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3:06PM on 06/25/2013
Dredd can't get a sequel and it was one of the most awesometacular movies I've ever seen and fucking Twilight can get how many sequels? Fuck you Hollywood! Fuck you all in the ass!
Dredd can't get a sequel and it was one of the most awesometacular movies I've ever seen and fucking Twilight can get how many sequels? Fuck you Hollywood! Fuck you all in the ass!
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2:43PM on 06/25/2013
I was never a fan of the Stallone version, but Karl Urban nailed it... He is DREDD & we definitely need a sequel... I love this movie & you can't just leave just with one movie. So c'mon, please give us a sequel.
I was never a fan of the Stallone version, but Karl Urban nailed it... He is DREDD & we definitely need a sequel... I love this movie & you can't just leave just with one movie. So c'mon, please give us a sequel.
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2:17PM on 06/25/2013

Cursed Earth

I think they could do a relatively low budget cursed earth story. They would need to condense the story and probably leave out the corporate mascots and the dinosaur. Mad Max 2 budget with some inflation calculator i found would have only been $15mil today. And one of the resident evil movies was in the desert, i think those are considered low budget.
I think they could do a relatively low budget cursed earth story. They would need to condense the story and probably leave out the corporate mascots and the dinosaur. Mad Max 2 budget with some inflation calculator i found would have only been $15mil today. And one of the resident evil movies was in the desert, i think those are considered low budget.
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1:28PM on 06/25/2013
Get a Dredd sequel or die trying.
Get a Dredd sequel or die trying.
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12:47PM on 06/25/2013

Graphic matters

The R rating is the most important thing at play for a sequel. Incidentally, I fear that may work against it. Will the studio be brave enough to give us an R-rated sequel to a film that (even by R-rated standards) flopped at the BO? If PG-13 is the compromise, it's not worth it.
The R rating is the most important thing at play for a sequel. Incidentally, I fear that may work against it. Will the studio be brave enough to give us an R-rated sequel to a film that (even by R-rated standards) flopped at the BO? If PG-13 is the compromise, it's not worth it.
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12:28PM on 06/25/2013
I'd love a sequel.. The guy who directed The Raid would probably be a good pick.
I'd love a sequel.. The guy who directed The Raid would probably be a good pick.
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12:22PM on 06/25/2013
Dredd was 10Xs the film Man of Steel was. It's a shame we'll never get a sequel.
Dredd was 10Xs the film Man of Steel was. It's a shame we'll never get a sequel.
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11:56AM on 06/25/2013

Are Box Office numbers a relevant metric anymore?

It seems to me that this is the larger question this film poses.

With home theater technology now providing a cinematic experience at home, there seems to be less demand to race to the theaters for nearly any film. Couple this with the fact that theater admission prices are at an all time high, as are the preposterous concession prices. Not to mention, the continuing degradation of cinema etiquette. All these things make watching a film in the comfort of one's own home a vastly superior
It seems to me that this is the larger question this film poses.

With home theater technology now providing a cinematic experience at home, there seems to be less demand to race to the theaters for nearly any film. Couple this with the fact that theater admission prices are at an all time high, as are the preposterous concession prices. Not to mention, the continuing degradation of cinema etiquette. All these things make watching a film in the comfort of one's own home a vastly superior experience to going to an expensive theater with attendants who can't behave themselves.

So why are we still concerned with Box Office results? Aren't DVD sales and VOD downloads a more accurate picture of a franchise's viability in the 21st Century?
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3:12PM on 06/25/2013
Agree totally, which is why I think going VOD with a limited theatrical release could be the answer for a Dredd sequel. If that's the only way we can get a follow-up, while retaining the hard-R, Karl Urban, and the violent edge, then I'm all in. The home video market is not as bankable anymore, however, thanks to the internet and illegal downloads, but top sellers can make a difference and Dredd is most certainly that. Fingers crossed.
Agree totally, which is why I think going VOD with a limited theatrical release could be the answer for a Dredd sequel. If that's the only way we can get a follow-up, while retaining the hard-R, Karl Urban, and the violent edge, then I'm all in. The home video market is not as bankable anymore, however, thanks to the internet and illegal downloads, but top sellers can make a difference and Dredd is most certainly that. Fingers crossed.
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11:51AM on 06/25/2013
This would make a good kickstarter.
This would make a good kickstarter.
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2:22AM on 06/26/2013
they cant do Kickstarter... they already said that they couldnt ...so that is not an option
they cant do Kickstarter... they already said that they couldnt ...so that is not an option
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11:05AM on 06/25/2013

Please NO

What is the hype around this movie. It was the American crappy version of The Raid. Judge Dredd fighting a drug dealer, yeah real original. give him a proper adversary, not some high rise drug kingpin. Karl Urban was a good Dredd but the movie blew and don't find it holds it's value for a sequel.
What is the hype around this movie. It was the American crappy version of The Raid. Judge Dredd fighting a drug dealer, yeah real original. give him a proper adversary, not some high rise drug kingpin. Karl Urban was a good Dredd but the movie blew and don't find it holds it's value for a sequel.
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11:22AM on 06/25/2013
i will NOT have you speak ill of the badass villain MaMa
i will NOT have you speak ill of the badass villain MaMa
11:35AM on 06/25/2013
I dont think the raid: redemption copied dredd, its just a coincidence. But dredd started production well before the raid. Asian films just typically have a quicker turn around then 'hollywood' films
I dont think the raid: redemption copied dredd, its just a coincidence. But dredd started production well before the raid. Asian films just typically have a quicker turn around then 'hollywood' films
12:13PM on 06/25/2013
Coremax, I saw The Raid first and that's all I could think of, but Dredd is so badass that he can take care of some penthouse drug dealer no problem, and as a reboot of the character, he needed a better crop of villain. I just want Hollywood to leave this one alone for some time, and come back to it when their ready to give Dredd a proper story.
Coremax, I saw The Raid first and that's all I could think of, but Dredd is so badass that he can take care of some penthouse drug dealer no problem, and as a reboot of the character, he needed a better crop of villain. I just want Hollywood to leave this one alone for some time, and come back to it when their ready to give Dredd a proper story.
4:06PM on 06/25/2013
You are entitled to your opinion, as wrong as it may be.
You are entitled to your opinion, as wrong as it may be.
2:19AM on 06/26/2013
no, they NEED Karl Urban back and to greenlight this sequel ASAP... we'll know their decision in a few weeks whether its a no go or a YES MA'AM...
and for Grok's sake... I hope it's Judge Death is casting judgment on the living.... or Chopper!!!
no, they NEED Karl Urban back and to greenlight this sequel ASAP... we'll know their decision in a few weeks whether its a no go or a YES MA'AM...
and for Grok's sake... I hope it's Judge Death is casting judgment on the living.... or Chopper!!!
7:36AM on 06/26/2013
DeakenBlack, you must be that one guy that didn't know...but I'm always right.
DeakenBlack, you must be that one guy that didn't know...but I'm always right.
10:59AM on 06/25/2013
Dredd was a really good film and one of those films that you wish found a bigger audience. It had a good story, a rough villain, and a great leading man playing Dredd. They set up the world of Dredd perfectly in the film and when the film was over I was really excited to see where else they could take the character and evolve the story.

Hopefully the studio pulls a fast one on us and actually gives a sequel. I hate all of these one and done films that have so much potential to be worthy
Dredd was a really good film and one of those films that you wish found a bigger audience. It had a good story, a rough villain, and a great leading man playing Dredd. They set up the world of Dredd perfectly in the film and when the film was over I was really excited to see where else they could take the character and evolve the story.

Hopefully the studio pulls a fast one on us and actually gives a sequel. I hate all of these one and done films that have so much potential to be worthy franchises (Dredd, Green Lantern).

I even thought it was crazy we got a reboot for Spider Man after two great films and one not up to par from Raimi's trilogy.
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10:52AM on 06/25/2013
I liked Dredd a lot, and would love a sequel. Wouldn't it be weird though if it have the same story as The Raid 2 though?
I liked Dredd a lot, and would love a sequel. Wouldn't it be weird though if it have the same story as The Raid 2 though?
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10:49AM on 06/25/2013
I really enjoyed Dredd! It was a good ride filled with action an character's moment. It deserves a sequel!
I really enjoyed Dredd! It was a good ride filled with action an character's moment. It deserves a sequel!
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10:49AM on 06/25/2013
I'm holding out that it can still happen. While I didn't enjoy Dredd quite as much as many others did, I still think it was a good movie. It worked as a groundwork-laying sort of film, establishing the world by way of a compact Die Hard scenario which, while familiar, was effective. I look forward to seeing the world expanded upon. I think Karl Urban is a much, much better fit for the character than Stallone was, and Olivia Thirlby was a revelation, never really knew who she was before.
I'm holding out that it can still happen. While I didn't enjoy Dredd quite as much as many others did, I still think it was a good movie. It worked as a groundwork-laying sort of film, establishing the world by way of a compact Die Hard scenario which, while familiar, was effective. I look forward to seeing the world expanded upon. I think Karl Urban is a much, much better fit for the character than Stallone was, and Olivia Thirlby was a revelation, never really knew who she was before.
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10:48AM on 06/25/2013
Great article. I'm one of the clearly many people who saw this movie on DVD when it was released. I was blown away by this film. I think one thing the article doesn't take into account is that now the "franchise" as found an audience through DVD, a sequel released in theatres has potential to gain some profits. I feel most people didn't see it in theatres because it was an unfamiliar property, now that it has an audience/fanbase I'm sure more people would go see the sequel in theatres as
Great article. I'm one of the clearly many people who saw this movie on DVD when it was released. I was blown away by this film. I think one thing the article doesn't take into account is that now the "franchise" as found an audience through DVD, a sequel released in theatres has potential to gain some profits. I feel most people didn't see it in theatres because it was an unfamiliar property, now that it has an audience/fanbase I'm sure more people would go see the sequel in theatres as they know what they're going to get. I am really hoping this movie gets greenlit for a sequel, it would be great to see this world furthe explored on screen. I'm unfamiliar with the comics, but it seemed like the beginning of Dredd touched on a few character points that could be later explored in future movies.
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10:46AM on 06/25/2013

i still say this was the best comic movie of the year

It was far closer to the story then any other comic movie out there and was epic from start to finish. This needs a sequel big time!!!!
It was far closer to the story then any other comic movie out there and was epic from start to finish. This needs a sequel big time!!!!
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10:41AM on 06/25/2013
I understand that box office number for Dredd, domestic and foreign box office, might not be as good as the studio execs hope it to be. However, fans worldwide (including me) LOVE this movie! For once, studio execs, give the fans what they want.
I understand that box office number for Dredd, domestic and foreign box office, might not be as good as the studio execs hope it to be. However, fans worldwide (including me) LOVE this movie! For once, studio execs, give the fans what they want.
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10:38AM on 06/25/2013
There's actually some good news on this front. The studio will be reviewing the DVD/Blu-Ray sales soon to decide whether or not a sequel is warranted and because of that the sales in the U.S. and U.K. skyrocketed. It's actually ahead of IRON MAN 3's pre-orders on the best-sellers list.

Oh man I want this to happen. And yes drop the 3D cause I think that's why a lot of people didn't go see it when it hit theaters, 3D was the only choice.
There's actually some good news on this front. The studio will be reviewing the DVD/Blu-Ray sales soon to decide whether or not a sequel is warranted and because of that the sales in the U.S. and U.K. skyrocketed. It's actually ahead of IRON MAN 3's pre-orders on the best-sellers list.

Oh man I want this to happen. And yes drop the 3D cause I think that's why a lot of people didn't go see it when it hit theaters, 3D was the only choice.
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