For the third week in a row, Furious 7 took the top spot at the box office and made it look easy. Not even a trio of newcomers could slow down the latest entry in the crowd-pleasing action series, which has become the fastest film to reach $1 billion worldwide. On the domestic box office, it’s equally impressive. It’s a juggernaut. A cultural event. At the end of the day, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 may make some money, but it’s making that money in the shadow of a genuine phenomenon.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
As I write these words, 22 critics have reviewed Kevin James’ Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 on Rotten Tomatoes. And 22 critics have hated it.
After six long years, our national nightmare is over. The sequel to ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’ has finally arrived. In the stunningly titled ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,’ Kevin James reprises his role as the portly rent-a-cop with a bad habit of stumbling into dangerous situations that are beyond his meager pay grade. This time, he fights thieves while attending a security conference in Las Vegas, as you are wont to do when you visit Las Vegas in a comedy sequel.
What is the target audience for a 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop' movie? Whatever it is, enough of them went to see the first movie, so now Kevin James' hapless mall security cop is back for another go-round in the creatively titled 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.' This time, he's off to Vegas, where he's attending some sort of mall cop convention, and finds his unique set of mall cop skills come in handy to stop an art heist. Also, KISS, as in the band KISS, makes an appearance.
'Paul Blart: Mall Cop' was a successful film -- so wildly and bafflingly successful, in fact, that its sequel, 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,' now has an official release date. Grab your calendars and a marker and quietly cry as you circle the day where you will be reminded of our failures as a human race.
In a world where 'Grown Ups 2,' 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' and 'Dumb and Dumber Too' are commonplace, it shouldn't surprise us that 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' could actually happen -- but it does, and it will! Director Andy Fickman is currently in talks to helm the sequel for Sony Pictures. (Insert face palm.)