Magic Mike is arguably one of the top-rated films released in 2012. Tagged at only $ 7 million, it turned out to be one of the most lucrative movies in a long time. Naturally, having surpassed the $100 million mark in domestic earnings alone, Warner Bros would call for a sequel. This is how Magic Mike XXL was birthed.
Here, we highlight the development of, and other basic facts about Magic Mike XXL.
Magic Mike XXL is an American comedy-drama. A sequel to the 2012 Magic Mike film, it was short and filmed between August 31, 2014, and November 5, 2014. Filming locations included:
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Savannah Gentleman’s Club, Savannah, Georgia
Magic Mike XXL was released on July 1, 2015.
Three years have elapsed since Mike Lanes retired from his stripping career. However, the ex-dancer misses the exhilaration and feeling of being on stage. What he misses most, though, is the crew by the name Kings of Tampa. These are the best friends that he ever had.
Opportunity, eventually, presents itself when the friends look him up on their way to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for a stripper convention. With the promise of despicable fun, this is an opportunity too sweet to resist. The reinvigorated Mike jumps in, for a chance to take it off again.
Directed by Gregory Jacobs, the film features several acts from Magic Mike: Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Dick Richie, Gabriel Iglesias and Adam Rodriguez.
While new cast members include Donald Glover, Elizabeth Banks, Andie MacDowell, Amber Heard and Michael Strahan, Crystal Hunt is among the outstanding cast members in the film.
An American actress and producer, Crystal Clarese Hunt is well known for the Guiding Light, a CBS soap opera, where he played Lizzie Spaulding. She also features on One Life to Live, playing Stacy Moraso.
Crystal Hunt, who plays Lauren on Magic Mike XXL, started her career taking part in pageants at a tender age of two. She grew to star in many commercials and top-rated films through her career.
Outside the world of acting, Hunt engages in business. She has interests in My Pets Dream Boutique, a prime pet boutique in Clearwater, Florida.
Since its release, Magic Mike XXL has attracted positive criticisms with a rating of 65% on rotten tomatoes. As of August 2015, the film had grossed over $ 65 million and $51 million in North America and other regions of the world, respectively. This totals to over $117 million worldwide.