Kickboxer sequel is a massive bomb at UK cinemas

Bad news if you're JCVD.

Dave Bautista in Kickboxer Vengeance
Tough guy Dave Bautista in Kickboxer Vengeance. Image Kaleidoscope Entertainment

Bad news if you were hoping Kickboxer: Vengeance was going to relaunch the career of Jean-Claude Van Damme – the film’s turned out to be a bit of a bomb at UK cinemas.

The action movie sequel, which also features Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista and Alain Moussi in starring roles, managed to earn just £1,132 from its first week on theatrical release.

According to box office figures from the BFI, Kickboxer’s debut across ten UK cinemas left it with a per-screen average of just £113 – the lowest total last week’s new release by some distance.

Unlike big hitters Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (£3.7 million) and Deepwater Horizon (£1.9 million), Kickboxer: Vengeance saw a multi-platform release across cinemas and premium VOD services, meaning many will have chosen to catch the film in the comfort of their own home.

Still, this won’t be enough to halt the Kickboxer movies entirely – another film, Kickboxer Retaliation, has already been shot and will be released next year.

This phenomenon of bad box office returns has reared its head a lot in 2016, largely thanks to distributors releasing films in cinemas, on DVD, Blu-ray and streaming services on the same date.

However, Kickboxer fared a lot better than other recent offerings. The Keanu Reeves thriller Exposed opened to just £88 in February, while the Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood thriller The Trust only banked £151.

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn