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The Magic Mike Xxl star says it’s time for men to be objectified too, as thousands of female fans oblige at the film’s Australian premiere in Sydney
Magic Mike Xxl actor Channing Tatum thinks it’s time for men to be objectified on screen as much as women. “I’m all for the equal opportunity objectification of everyone,” he said at the film’s Sydney premiere on Monday, where more than 5,000 Australian fans braved the wintry weather to meet the stripper-turned-actor.
Speaking to Guardian Australia on the red carpet, Tatum was responding to comments by his friend and 10 Years co-star Chris Pratt about gender equality in Hollywood. “I think it’s appalling that for a long time only women were objectified,” Pratt said in a recent interview for Jurassic Park. “I think if we really want to advocate for equality, it’s important to even things out.”
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- Alexandra Spring
Channing Tatum, star of Magic Mike Xxl, jokes that there's no more inspiration to be drawn from his previous life as a stripper for any more Magic Mike movies. The actor was in Sydney with co-stars to attend the film's Australian premiere, greeting fans who had travelled from across Australia to be at the red carpet event. Despite getting his clothes off in the film, he says he feels self-conscious when he looks back at it Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
An insulting, paradox riddled mess. A senseless, poorly written, incompetently directed embarrassment. A master class in how to mismanage a franchise reboot. Terminator Genisys arrived in theaters this week with little fanfare other than a ringing endorsement from James Cameron. Something that probably would have meant more before having seen Avatar. It’s terrible, which is something a lot of people predicted based on a heinous marketing campaign that revealed every lazy twist. If you can’t make a movie look exciting or at least interesting based on a two-minute trailer, the prospects for the finished film are going to be bleak.
‘Bleak’ is a great way to describe Genisys, which is so bad that it deserves a hyperbolic post-mortem. This wretched, stillborn blockbuster needs an autopsy.
1. Nonsense personified
I’m not sure if this is specific enough. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Five reasons why a bare-chested Channing Tatum and company couldn’t save the sequel from a disappointing holiday weekend at the Us box office
Magic Mike Xxl, the sequel to Steven Soderbergh’s 2012 surprise summer smash Magic Mike, has been ruled out as a disappointment at the domestic box-office after grossing $28.7m over its first weekend, compared to the $39.1m opening of the original.
If you’re a male in America, you’re likely to blame, as women made up a whopping 96% of the audience over the holiday weekend, a staggering figure that the Hollywood Reporter said is “unheard of”. It marks a substantial increase from the the first film, which attracted a 73% female audience over its opening weekend.
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- Nigel M Smith
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By her own admission, Alison Faulk has never had a problem "dancing like a dude." When she took on the assignment of staging the routines in Magic Mike Xxl, however, the 38-year-old choreographer had to dial her inner oversexed guy up to 11. "We wanted those scenes to feel daring and dirty," she says. "We wanted it to be really sexy — the sort of stuff where you you watch the actors do the moves and then ask yourself, 'Um, have we just crossed a line? Is this too much?'"
“My gaze was being so constantly serviced,” observed my fellow critic Catherine Bray, giddy with delight after seeing “Magic Mike XXL,” the amped-up, dressed-down follow-up to Steven Soderbergh’s 2012 male-stripper study. “Is that what it’s like to be a straight man looking at most media? No wonder so many of them are resistant to changing that.”
It may be cheating a bit to begin an opinion piece with someone else’s opinion, but it’s hard to state much more succinctly than that what feels at once so disarming and disorienting about “XXL,” the rare mainstream sequel that not only matches the quality of its accomplished predecessor but emphatically doesn’t match its tone, shape or perspective. Soderbergh’s film, in addition to being a pithy, pointed snapshot of life in a sunken economy, was a witty dissection of the American male psychology in the 21st century, and the »
- Guy Lodge
Tatum is one of several – white, male – actors parlaying their everyman charm into big-budget success (see also: Chris Evans and Chris Pratt). But isn’t it time the white male-dominated industry made room for all actors to do the same?
In 2006, Channing Tatum starred as Duke in She’s the Man, a movie based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. In it, he played a soccer star who falls for Amanda Bynes’ character, Viola, who’s masquerading as her brother so she can play soccer. It’s funny, it’s smart, and it’s a pretty interesting teen film. (Especially since it depicts the fluidity of gender in a relatively mature way.)
That same year Tatum also starred in Step Up, and in 2008 he made a cameo in Step Up 2: The Streets, proving his can-do, up-for-anything attitude – mainly because we all know nobody from original dance movies tends to show up for lower-budgeted sequels, »
- Anne T Donahue
The box-office numbers for “Magic Mike Xxl” — which took in $12 million over the weekend — were underwhelming except for one: the audience was 96 percent female. The low-budget Warner Bros. sequel about male strippers featured hunky stars Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and Adam Rodriguez doing their groove thing in thongs, so it’s not a shock it played strongly with women — but 96 percent? “The only movie I recall with numbers like that was ‘Sex and the City’,” said Dan Fellman, who heads domestic distribution for Warner Bros., the studio responsible “Xxl” as well as 2008’s Satc release — »
- Todd Cunningham
"Terminator Genisys" and "Magic Mike Xxl" hit theaters this fourth of July weekend, but failed to take the top spots from "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out," which once again landed in first and second place. "Jurassic World" added another $30.9 million for a domestic total of $558.2 million, the fourth-best domestic result of all time. The film has now earned $1.385 billion worldwide, surpassing "Avengers: Age of Ultron" to become the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time. It will likely be able to soon overtake "Furious 7" ($1.511 billion) and "The Avengers" ($1.518 billion) to become the third biggest film. "Terminator Genisys" opened in third place with $28.7 million, a terrible start for a new trilogy. The film has a budget of $155 million and Paramount Pictures was hoping to hit at least $55 million this weekend. But because of bad reviews (27% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes), it will struggle domestically. Overseas, however, "Terminator Genisys" took in $85.5 million for a worldwide total of $130 million. »
You know it's a bad day in Hollywood when "Magic Mike Xxl" can't get a rise out of the box office.
The male-stripper sequel was expected to earn in the low $30 million range over the three-day holiday weekend, and hit somewhere around $45M for the five days since its debut on Wednesday. Instead, it opened in fourth place with an estimated Friday-to-Sunday haul of $12 million and $27.1 million for its first five days of release. That's nearly 45 percent below the $49.6 million the original "Magic Mike" earned in its first five days in 2012. Ouch.
Another sequel, "Terminator Genisys," also underperformed this weekend. The fifth film in the franchise opened in third with an estimated $28.7 million for the three-day weekend, and $44.2 million since its Wednesday debut. But at least those numbers were at the low end of what pundits had predicted. "Magic Mike Xxl" wasn't even in the ballpark.
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- Gary Susman
When Magic Mike was released in 2012, Channing Tatum’s thong busting moves kinda passed me by which means I wasn’t exactly shaking my dollar bills in the air at the news that the boys were returning, and without the now Oscar carrying Matthew McConaughey. So I’ve come to the Magic Mike Xxl experience like a shy bride-to-be on her hen night. Part excited at the prospect of being excited and part dreading it, that I’m going to be subjected to some cheesy guy in a thong, rubbing me up the wrong way. And like a hired ‘male entertainer’ (the guys’ choice of career title), they have done both. The film is sexy in small doses, courtesy of Channing Tatum and also very cheesy exposing the goofy, silly side there is to such ‘entertaining’ which left me feeling like putting my money back into my purse and looking sheepishly for the nearest exit. »
- email@example.com (Clare Daly)
Director Gregory Jacobs' Magic Mike Xxl didn't have much of a first weekend at the box office, but one thing seems to be for certain: it's a hit with women. How do we know this? Because a report has been released saying that 96 percent of the film's audience was female. This rather unbelievable number comes from Variety's box office report for the July 4th weekend. The trade notes that Magic Mike Xxl had a bit of trouble selling tickets, making just $26.6 million over its first five days, but notes that a whopping $25.5 million of that came from women wanting to see the likes of Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer strip off their clothes for money. This may sound ridiculous, but The Hollywood Reporter has the exact same figures. Considering what the movie is about, it's kind of a 'no duh' situation that Magic Mike Xxl is a »
The biggest sparks were made by a pair of veterans, “Inside Out” and “Jurassic World,” which have been in theaters for several weeks, but still managed to outflank the newcomers to capture first and second place on the charts. Domestically, ticket sales are expected to top out at an estimated $137.4 million, making it the twelfth-biggest July 4th holiday weekend, according to Rentrak.
Those figures did represent a 5% improvement over last year, when films like “Tammy” and “Deliver Us From Evil” fell short, sending receipts to their lowest levels since 2001. Because of that weak competition year-to-date, 2015 is still outpacing the prior year’s stateside ticket sales by 13.3%, according to BoxOffice.com.
- Brent Lang
The reality: In the United States, women make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes. For African-American women, it’s 64 cents. For Latinas, 56 cents. The fantasy in the movie “Magic Mike Xxl,” is that women hold all the dollars, and the dollar really stretches. Ladies – of all colors, sizes and ages -- rain dollar bills on stripping men in wads, or like falling confetti, like it’s nothing, while men strip without command, without any extra urging from those waving singles. (In what is one particularly unsexy scene at the Myrtle Beach male stripper convention, women wait in line to get single-dollar bill change for the $20 or $100 dollar bills, in delicious modular stacks.) The reality is that money is power. By proxy, a film whose core demo is women (and gay men) that rakes in a lot of money means that the woman’s dollar has power -- why »
- Katie Hasty
The gradual reveal of Channing Tatum as a box office magnet and sorely underestimated movie star was staggered over the first half of 2012. The Vow and 21 Jump Street were both hits that showed off opposite sides of his range, but his two collaborations with Steven Soderbergh set him on his current path.
Long renowned as an actor's director, Soderbergh cast Tatum in a minor role in Haywire, which is how he came to be attached to Magic Mike, a semi-biographical project based on the actor's experiences as a stripper in Tampa, Florida. The latter was a sleeper hit that assured Tatum's status as an A-lister, but a sequel hardly felt inevitable.
Jurassic World was the number one movie at the Us box office for the fourth weekend in a row.
The dinosaur franchise took in $30.9m with a total gross of $558.1m since debuting at the top spot last month.
New releases Terminator: Genisys and Magic Mike Xxl could not knock down either top two movies as they came in third and fourth place respectively.
The latest Terminator instalment had $28.7m for the weekend with a total gross of $44.1m for the five-day weekend. Meanwhile, the Channing Tatum sequel took in $11.6m for the weekend with a total gross of $26.6m for the five-day holiday weekend.
Comedy Ted 2 slipped from third place to fifth place with $11m. »
At the beginning of the year the Fourth of July weekend looked like it would be an epic box office showdown between "Magic Mike Xxl" and "Terminator Genisys." In fact, many pundits (including this writer) believed "Magic Mike" would easily take the frame. How wrong we were. The initial estimates are in and "Jurassic World" snuck by "Inside Out" to win the holiday weekend. Already the no. 1 movie of the year, he Universal Studios blockbuster made another $30.9 million over the three-day frame for a spectacular $558.1 million so far. At this pace it seems inevitable that it will surpass "Marvel's The Avengers" for no. 3 and sit behind "Avatar" and "Titanic" on the all-time domestic grossers list. In fact, surpassing "Titanic's" $658.6 million cume isn't out of the question. Only $795,000 behind "Jurassic" was Pixar's "Inside Out." The animated hit took in another $30.1 million for a stellar $246.1 million so far. The potential Best Picture »
- Gregory Ellwood
Magic Mike Xxl, 2015
Directed by Gregory Jacobs
Three years after quitting the stripper life, ‘Magic’ Mike Lane runs into his old stripper buddies from the Xquisite show, who take him along on a road trip to a stripper convention as the last hurrah of the company.
Let me refresh your memory: the first Magic Mike film left us with a bittersweet taste in our mouths (…pun probably intended) as Mike (Channing Tatum) quit the stripper life to pursue more conventional business ventures and a relationship with The Kid (Alex Pettyfer)’s sister, Brooke (Cody Horn). There had been drugs, and bad blood, and some unnamed toxicity that even Mike couldn’t stand anymore, leading to his exit pretty much mid-show. It was a surprise and a total subversion of expectations »
- Kat Kourbeti
In a tight race, Disney-Pixar’s animated comedy pulled in an estimated $45.3 million in the U.S. over the five days — giving it $246.2 million stateside in its third week at 4,158 locations. “Inside Out,” with Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black and Bill Hader voicing the emotions of an 11-year-old girl, is showing impressive staying power at multiplexes.
Universal’s fourth weekend of “Jurassic World” remained a solid draw, three weeks after its record-setting opening. The dino thriller, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, stomped its way to $43.8 million at 3,737 screens and ranks as the fourth-highest domestic grosser of all time with $568.2 million.
For the three days covering Friday through Sunday, “Jurassic World” has the edge on »
- Dave McNary
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