New ‘Robocop’ Trailer Debuts; Will Audiences Follow?

$120 million sci-fi remake will need big lift at box office

“Is America robophobic?”

Sony will have to wait until February to find out.

The studio offered a second trailer for “Robocop” on Thursday, featuring more action-packed footage of star Joel Kinnaman (“The Killing”) in the upcoming remake of the sci-fi classic.

Originally set for Aug. 9, 2013, “Robocop” may not look like an expensive film–and the February release date suggests modest expectations–but the movie did cost $120 million so box office sales for the Jose Padilha film will need to be robust.

Sony last tried (and ultimately failed) reviving a sci-fi classic in 2012 with “Total Recall.” The Colin Farrell-starrer, budgeted at $125 million, earned a mere $58 million at the U.S. box office.

“Robocop,” co-starring Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton, arrives Feb. 12, 2014.

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  1. JOE S HILL says:

    Why is Sony being billed on this remake-isn’t that supposed to be Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s property?
    MGM brought Orion Pictures Corporation in 1997,and,as i understand it,Sony has their own studio-
    so why are the current MGM releases being made with Sony? so far,all i’ve seen from MGM have been
    remakes from their Film library-all bad! the original Orion Pictures release of “ROBOCOP” in 1987 is
    still a superior movie,,and with all due respects to MGM and Sony,this remake of “ROBOCOP” just
    looks more like “eye candy” stuff,because the original movie was a very bold and original concept-and in
    Box Office records,it grossed millions,and shortly became a frachise for Orion. so how will this reboot
    do next year,,because i see no originality here,despite the presence of former BATMAN Michael Keaton
    and Samuel L Jackson,who’s still pretty freshly identified as “Nick Fury”,to loan himself to a remake like
    this. no one will ever do justice to “ROBOCOP” like director Paul Verhoeven,or Peter Weller,and the
    “That 70’s SHOW” actor Kurtwood Smith,who did the villianous “Clarence Bodiker”-that is still a great
    movie,nor will it likely EVER be topped by this remake! i loath remakes,and i sure wish these people
    would find other original material to create,because even by this trailor,that’s not the RoboCop i remember!

  2. film11 says:

    A PG-13 remake of an R-Rated film. No thanks.

  3. Aimee says:

    I had zero interest in this until I learned it stared Joel Kinnaman. I loved him on The Killing and I will definitely be checking this out!

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