When it was first announced, few people gave Pitch Perfect much chance of box office success, due to the fact musicals are notoriously boom or bust, and not that many people have an innate interest in a cappella singing. However the film has grossed $64 million in the US and only cost $17 million to make (and it’s still to be released in many countries, so will add to the gross).
It’s apparently good enough to have Universal talking about a sequel, with one the film’s stars, Skylar Astin, telling Movieweb, “I do have a meeting with a Universal representative next week. And I know that Rebel Wilson had hers last weekend. It’s definitely a talking point.”
As for what direction the movie might go, Astin says, “I think that I am willing to do anything. I like to collaborate. If my voice will be heard, then I will do some research and think about it. There are definitely times where I am listening to the radio, and I think, ‘That would be awesome. I would love to sing that.’ It’s this weird karaoke fantasy that I might someday get to live out on the big screen. Then again, I know there are so many politics in that decision-making. Also relevance. If we film this next year, and it doesn’t come out for another year and a half, will that song still be popular? Will it be over played? I think they did such a perfect job. The music landed so perfectly when it came out the first time, I can’t imagine, if the same people are involved, that lightning won’t strike twice. I will sing whatever they want me to sing.”
It sounds like it’s still early days, but personally we’d love to see a Pitch Perfect sequel.