Its been a good summer at the box office for dinosaurs, some superheroes, the N.W.A. and those funny little minions.
The month of August was a bit rough this year, and the first weekend in September should continue the trend. The summer 2015 season comes to a close this Labor Day weekend, with the lone big release: “The Transporter: Refueled.”
The fourth in the series, “The Transporter: Refueled” replaces the only good thing from the original trilogy (Jason Statham) for new star Ed Skrein. I didn’t know who the new guy was, so I had to google him. Apparently he was in a couple of “Game of Thrones” episodes, and he’s playing Ajax in next year’s “Deadpool.”
Anyways, in the new movie, former special-ops mercenary Frank Martin enters into a game of chess with a femme-fatale and her three sidekicks who are looking for revenge against a sinister Russian kingpin.
Refueled will be playing in about 3,400 theaters, but the movie is expected to open with the lowest Transporter debut yet: somewhere around $9 million for the long weekend. That’s basically what the original “Transporter” opened to, earning $9.1 million over three days in 2002.
I thought the first “Transporter” was a fun movie. It had a good balance of action and humor. Some of the action sequences were damn good, especially the opening chase scene. And the first movie also co-starred the wonderful Shu Qi.
Sadly. the Transporter movies took a nose dive after the first movie. The stories got over the top ridiculous, and the stunts became cheesy. Then in 2012, the series was turned into a television show. But since I haven’t watched it, I can’t tell you if it better than “Transporter 2 and/or 3.