Are you ready for the greatest 1980’s movie of all time?!
Damn right you are! But in a minute or two you’ll remember its 2014. Nevertheless, “The Expendables 3” invades theatres this weekend. This mid-August tradition began in 2010 when Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture,and many others launched the franchise. The first Expendables film had an impressive $34.8 million debut, earned over $100 million domestically and finished with a worldwide total of over $274 million.
Two years later, the sequel wasn’t as successful at home, but it still performed well: “The Expendables 2” opened to $28.6 million, and finished with $85 million domestic total.Overseas, the sequel was a huge hit, earning over $220 million.
To keep things fresh, Lionsgate is adding some new faces to the franchise: Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas and Mel Gibson join the fun this time around. Lionsgate is also trying grow the fanbase by making “The Expendables 3” PG-13 onstead of an R rated film.
Unfortunately, “The Expendables 3” won’t be much of a match for those damn steroid freaks pretending to be the Teenage Mutant ninja Turtles. Not to mention a couple of weeks ago a copy of “The Expendables 3” was leaked online and has been reportedly downloaded over two million times. How this will hurt its ticket sales, remains to be seen.
“The Expendables 3” wont open at number one, but a second place debut of around $25 million is likely. And if history is any indication, the film should do huge business overseas.
R-rated comedy “Let’s Be Cops” stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as two friends who after a party realize the benefits of pretending to be cops. “Let’s Be Cops” got a jump on the competition by hitting theatres on Wednesday, earning $5.2 million so far.
That may not seem like much, but it’s rather impressive for a low-budget comedy without any big name stars. “Let’s Be Cops” should do well with the “22 Jump street” crowd, and it could open with around $20 million in fourth place behind “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Twenty one years after author Lois Lowry’s The Giver hit bookshelves, a big-screen adaptation is finally reaching theaters. The movie is getting destroyed by critics (30 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and there is little buzz for the movie. And why is the main character 25 when in the book he’s 12 years old?
While Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep give the film some star power, it would seem “The Giver” will be the next Young Adult adaptation to crash and burn in theatres.