I recently had the chance to attend the press junket for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, where Elena Kampouris explained why a third instalment to the franchise is far from guaranteed. She said:
A lot of people have asked, ‘Are you going to do a third movie? Are you going to get married?’ And I don’t think that would be the case, and I know that Nia isn’t all about that, because in the film she makes a point, if you are a teen girl and you reach a certain age, you don’t have to get married, you just do what’s right for you.
Obviously the success of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 will ultimately determine if the cinematic powers that be pursue Nia Vardalos to write the script for another film. But with My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 only costing $18 million to make, and there currently being a dearth of family friendly comedies around, there’s a chance that it will connect with an audience once again.
Obviously, it’s unlikely to match the $368.7 million that the original grossed all the way back in 2002 from just a $5 million budget. But a worldwide box office haul of around $60 million is certainly possible. Even though the opening of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is taking up pretty much all of the publicity and screens this weekend, the eternally wholesome and sweet My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is seen as the perfect piece of counterprogramming to the bombastic superhero release.
Want to know more? Then check out my review for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 here. Or, just go and watch it now, as the comedy was released into cinemas today.