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‘Magic Mike’ Sequel Set for Independence Day Weekend 2015

Pic goes up against next 'Terminator' film over the long holiday fray

Warner Bros. hopes to spark its own kind of fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend next year, dating its “Magic Mike” sequel for July 1, 2015.

The original, starring Channing Tatum as the titular male stripper, became a sleeper hit in 2012, grossing more than $167 million worldwide on a production budget of just $7 million.

Production on the sequel is expected to begin in the fall. Gregory Jacobs is directing, with a script co-written by Tatum and Reid Carolin.

The first film, which launched June 29, became a hot property for women and gay men. It also helped kick-start the rejuvenated career of Matthew McConaughey, while Tatum, who has gained considerable cachet with auds in the wake of “Magic Mike” and “21 Jump Street.”

“Magic Mike 2” will go up against Paramount’s next “Terminator” installment, which bows mid-week over the holiday frame.

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