Brad Pitt‘s World War Z did very well at the box office in its opening weekend, pulling in over $111 million worldwide. That’s a strong opening weekend, and it looks like Paramount Pictures is moving forward with the sequel, The movie turned out amazing as we suspected, The tentpole earned $66 million in North America, the best opening for an original live-action tentpole since Avatar, and $45.8 million from its first 25 foreign markets.
World War Z initially was envisioned as a trilogy, but those plans were shelved when the movie ran into trouble, requiring extensive reworking of the last act. Initially set to open in December 2012, the movie’s release date was pushed back to June, prompting many in Hollywood to anticipate a blood bath.
But in a happy reversal of fortune, World War Z is off to a strong start, both in terms of its commercial and critical appeal. It will need to stay strong to make up for its $190 million budget, however. Paramount appears confident it will, judging by the fact that its reviving plans for further installments.
When attending the Moscow premiere, Pitt himself hinted at a sequel and said there is plenty of material left over from Max Brook’s novel, upon which the movie is based.
“I think the movie captured the public’s imagination with something that is fresh and different,” says Moore. “And certainly, Brad gave a superb performance.”