Coming soon to a cinema near you: Free Guy 2.

That’s according to Ryan Reynolds, who in the action-comedy Free Guy, plays a bank teller who realises that he’s a non-player character in a video game.

Reynolds, 44, tweeted the news Saturday (Aug 14), “Aaaannnnd after 3 years messaging #FreeGuy as an original IP movie, Disney confirmed today they officially want a sequel. Woo hoo!! #irony. If it isn’t called, “Albuquerque Boiled Turkey” we’ve failed. (sic)"

Director Shawn Levy quoted Reynolds’ post on his own Twitter account and commented: “Yuuuuuuuup.” Reynolds’ tweet was also retweeted by 20th Century Studios.

Though Disney hasn’t officially confirmed Reynolds’ announcement (we’ll just take his word for it, for now), it won’t be a surprise if the House of Mouse wants a follow-up, given Free Guy’s robust opening weekend performance. It also earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike (82 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes).

The movie, which is said to over US$100 million (S$135.6 mil) to produce, grossed US$28.4 million in the US and US$22.5 million from overseas markets. Globally, it earned US$51 million, which is a big deal during the pandemic era, when people are slowly returning to the cinemas. 

In Singapore, Free Guy opened No.1, with S$218, 451, which we are told is not bad considering the Phase 2 (Heighten Alert) restrictions imposed on cinemas. Not bad for a movie that isn't a sequel or based on an existing IP. 

In comparison, Black Widow's opening weekend (including sneaks) was S$1.16 million while the Dwayne Johnson-Emily Blunt-led Jungle Cruise did S$306,148; both titles are also available on Disney+'s Premier Access.

Per IMDA regulations, from Aug 10, the capacity limits are up to 500 persons if all vaccinated; up to 50 persons if unvaccinated; provision for children 12 years and below applies. From Aug 19, the limits will increase to up to 1,000 persons if all are vaccinated; the capacity for the unvaccinated patrons stays the same.

Permissible group size will be a maximum of five persons with 1m safe-distancing between different groups of patrons. F&B may be served in groups of up to five persons if all patrons are vaccinated. Patrons are required to have masks on at all times except when they are consuming F&B; after eating/drinking, patrons should put masks back on. (For more info on the rules, click here.)

Some of the cinema chains (Golden Village, Cathay, Filmgarde, EagleWings Cinematics and The Projector) have introduced vaccinated (or vaxed) halls.

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