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Kick-Ass 2 (movie)

'Kick-Ass' sequel is ready to give rival films the boot

'Kick-Ass' sequel is ready to give rival films the boot

Matthew Vaughn was shocked to learn early last year that Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., the domestic distributor of his 2010 superhero movie "Kick-Ass," wasn't interested in a sequel.

The quirky, R-rated "Kick-Ass" had grossed $101 million worldwide and developed a cult following that led to a strong performance in the home entertainment market.

Vaughn, who independently financed the $28-million project, expected that the Santa Monica studio, which had a first right of refusal on the domestic rights, would be on board for a chance to build a franchise. He planned to make the second movie for the same price as the first — penny-pinching that is rare in...