Machete Killed at the Box Office

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It just figures. Up front… most of us here at Dread Central were not fans of the original Machete. Yet, its sequel, Machete Kills, made huge strides in getting things right, and of course nobody went to see it. In fact, it had an historically bad opening.

According to Box Office Mojo, Machete Kills opened to $3.8M, which is the 8th worst opening in history for a movie in over 2,500 theaters. It joins flicks like Firehouse Dog and Rainn Wilson’s The Rocker on the list of shame. Aye carumba! Machete don’t draw. This poor showing without question puts the future of the franchise in trouble unless it heads direct to video with little to no star power.

Read our Machete Kills review!

Machete Kills is directed by Robert Rodriguez (Machete, Sin City, Spy Kids franchise) from a screenplay by Kyle Ward based on a story by Marcel Rodriguez and Robert Rodriguez. The film stars Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Carlos Estevez/Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demián Bichir, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror, and Mel Gibson.

In Machete Kills, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent Machete, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.

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  • Rottenjesus

    Seeing as it went up a new TOM HANKS ACADEMY AWARD BONER picture and the speeding space thriller GRAVITY it’s not surprising a niche picture like this fizzled at the box office.

    And another thing. GRAVITY is a heavily reworked version of a sequel to a once popular franchise:

    • aliensharkboy

      “Sandra Bullock has found a new boyfriend… in space!” <-- my explanation as to why she'd be up there. If it was advertised like that, I'd still watch it. I do like me some Bullock action.