Don't Expect 'Jack Reacher' Sequel Unless Asia Turns Out for Cruise
If anyone ever wants to see a sequel to last winter's action thriller Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise as the titular private investigator bad ass, they need to tell their friends in Asian territories to see the film. Paramount Pictures wants to do a sequel, but right now their decision is contingent on seeing what their box office return looks like in Japan, China and Korea where the film has not yet been released. Jack Reacher will hit Korea this week, Japan on February 1st and China on February 16th. The film has grossed nearly $73 million here in the US and $80.4 million in the rest of the world, but that's not good enough to get a sequel.
THR says Jack Reacher needs to hit a total $165 internationally, double the current count, in order to hit the $250 million mark that will make Paramount get serious about a sequel. The film only cost $60 million to make, so it's already a success, but not necessarily worthy of a franchise. Personally, I found Jack Reacher to be wholly entertaining with Cruise great in the title role. It had some 90s action cheese, silly but solid one-liners and a decent crime plotline. Plus, you can't go wrong with Werner Herzog as a villain. Maybe Terrence Malick can be the bad guy in the sequel?
Honestly, the Jack Reacher character is going to be even better in any sequels, and there's plenty of novels by author Lee Child to pull a new story. Cruise is still a big international draw so the chances seem decent that Jack Reacher can make good money in these territories, but the problem in China is that it opens a week before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and also two days after a couple of Chinese movies that open on February 14th during ther Chinese New Year celebrations. So here's hoping all our friends in the West give Cruise a chance as Jack Reacher so we can see him show up again in the future.