Expendables franchise. New faces, diminished opening

23.09.2023 posted by Admin

Anticipated box office fall despite star-studded cast

The film, which had a budget of $100 million and was funded by Millenium, had initially aimed to make around $15 million in its opening, with some predictions even suggesting it could reach as high as $17 million. However, the early results indicate that it is now expected to earn between $8 million and $10 million.

Returning to the action-packed franchise are Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham, along with familiar faces like Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture. The official summary of the movie goes like this: "The Expendables are the world's last resort, the team called upon when all other options are exhausted. But with new members bringing fresh skills and tactics, 'new blood' is about to take on a whole new meaning." Joining the series are newcomers Megan Fox, 50 Cent, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Jacob Scipio, Levy Tran, and Andy Gracia.

It's been almost ten years since the last Expendables film hit theaters. The first three movies, released in 2010, 2012, and 2014, collectively raked in an impressive $800 million at the global box office. The 2014 installment, the most recent, earned $15.8 million in its opening weekend and eventually totaled $214 million worldwide. The original in 2010 opened at $34.8 million, while the 2012 sequel started with $28.5 million.

Critics have not been kind to the film, with The Hollywood Reporter's review suggesting that it's time to conclude the series, describing it as a subpar Jason Statham vehicle with a brief appearance by Stallone and new cast members who failed to leave an impact.

In other news, Sony is releasing the film "Dumb Money," directed by Craig Gillespie, known for "I, Tonya." The movie delves into the GameStop stock market frenzy that made headlines during the COVID-19 pandemic and inspired various Hollywood projects. The ensemble cast includes Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Shailene Woodley, and Pete Davidson.

Meanwhile, at the box office, there are holdovers like New Line/Warner's "The Nun II," which is entering its third weekend with over $160 million in earnings, and Disney's "A Haunting in Venice," the third installment in Kenneth Branagh's Agatha Christie-inspired movie series, entering its second weekend.
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