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7th Update, Monday, 9:10 Am: Calculations are out for the end of summer for the period May 2nd through Sept. 1 and this year the industry is down 14.7% from 2013. Specifically, this year grossed $4.055B compared to last year’s $4.753B, according to Rentrak. For the analysis on this, see:
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6th Update, Monday, 8:17 Am: Guardians of the Galaxy will end the summer with over $280.5M domestically — and, of course, it’s still playing. We expect this one to eventually pass $300M as there is nothing opening next weekend. This one will clock in with an estimated $22.4M to $23M for the weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will log roughly $166.3M in only four weeks for Paramount. This one will also play through the next weekend. There is nothing up to challenge the family market until Alcon’s Dolphin Tale »
- Anita Busch
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about producer Joel Silver’s planned remake of Escape from New York. Back in March of 2013 when the movie was first announced, Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Jason Statham (The Expendables) were linked to the role of Snake Plissken, portrayed of course by Kurt Russell in John Carpenter’s 1981 cult classic and its subsequent sequel. Now Starlog is reporting that Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim), Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) and Dan Stevens (The Guest) top the shortlist for the role, with Hunnam said to be the number one choice, and an offer expected to be made “any day now.”
Furthermore, the report goes on to stage that the remake will adopt more of a team-based approach, with Plissken leading a team that consists of “Mina, a warzone journalist framed for murder and living in the shadows of New York as a scavenger; Cabbie, »
- Gary Collinson
In a preemptive deal prior to the start of the Toronto International Film Festival, Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, has acquired the North American distribution rights to the apocalyptic thriller Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator and The Expendables franchises, Total Recall, Batman & Robin), Academy Award-nominated Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Ender's Game) and Joely Richardson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the hit TV series The Tudors and Nip/Tuck). The announcement was made by Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks and Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, Co-Chairs of Lotus Entertainment, who produced and handled international sales.
The Black List script by John Scott 3 is directed by Henry Hobson. Bill Johnson and Ara Keshishian produced alongside Colin Bates, Joey Tufaro, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Matthew Baer and Schwarzenegger. Claudia Blumhuber and Jim Seibel are executive producers. Silver Reel and Gold Star Films »
Teen girls and fanboys duked it out at the box office this weekend, with “Guardians of the Galaxy” getting the upper hand on newcomer “If I Stay” and scoring first place with a $17.6 million haul, according to studio estimates.
It was the second time that Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” came out on top, although two weeks separate its victories. It marks the first time this year that a film has topped the domestic box office in non-consecutive weeks.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” has become the summer’s top-grossing domestic release and, with $489.5 million globally, has passed the final tallies of “Thor” ($449 million) and “Captain America: The First Avenger” ($371 million).
The relative weakness of this weekend’s crop of new releases benefited another holdover, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” which came in at second place with $16.8 million. The Paramount Pictures reboot has now made $145.6 million stateside after three weeks in theaters. »
- Brent Lang
Lionsgate had The Expendables 3 and Step Up All In in August, but the studio is actually only scheduled to release one more film prior to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 on November 21st, Addicted with Sharon Leal and Boris Kodjoe on October 10th. However, word recently got out that they’re going to slip one more in there, and it’s one that you might not even be aware of – the Keanu Reeves action thriller, John Wick. Reeves leads the film as a former hitman who goes back to work in order to track down the New York City gangsters that took everything from him. Minus a little casting news in October 2013, there’s been little to no talk about David Leitch and Chad Stahelski’s first feature, however, now that Lionsgate just set it for an October 24, 2014 debut, that’s about to change big time, starting with the »
- Perri Nemiroff
The Universal Soldier films are a strange case of life imitating art. Much like how series protagonist Luc Deveraux is killed in action then resurrected into something post-human, Universal was a pretty standard 90s action film which crashed and burned when it came to sequels, but became something unique and beautiful when it was reanimated for the straight to DVD market.
It’s a hushed secret among genre fans, but Universal Solder 3 and 4 (or possibly 5 and 6, it’s complicated) are some of the most remarkable action sci-fi films of the 21st century so far. Yes, really. I actually watched the series backwards when I first saw them, after being blown away by Universal Solder Day Of Reckoning and deciding to work my way back, and Roland Emmerich’s perfectly acceptable 1992 blockbuster »
We've been hearing rumors of an all-female version of The Expendables - nicknamed The Expendabelles - going back to 2012, and while names like Linda Hamilton, Milla Jovovich, and more have come up in wishlists and conversations, there is one actress in particular whom many would call the queen of female action stars. Sigourney Weaver will forever go down in cinema history for playing hero Ellen Ripley in the Alien franchise, and Sylvester Stallone himself has talked about his desire to have her be a part of the larger franchise. Too bad that's not going to happen. Buried in an article about how Sigourney Weaver is joining the A-list cast of the fantasy adaptation A Monster Calls, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the actress has said no to the idea of being a part of Expendabelles. Sadly, the article contains no other information about the situation, simply stating that she »
While promoting the The Expendables 3, Sylvester Stallone has been talking about how he wants to turn The Expendables into an Avengers-like franchise, calling it an on-going project. However, it seems that the movie leaking online just weeks before its official release has had some impact on ticket sales as not only did the third entry have a bad opening weekend, it was beaten by an R-rated comedy movie made for a fraction of its budget.
It could be a case of diminishing returns as it landed in a disappointing fourth in the Us box office and its $16.2 million doesn’t even come close to the original Expendables opening of $34.8 or The Expendables 2‘s $29 million. It should do well globally, but its got a long way to go if it wants to catch up with the other movies in the franchise.
Helped by a Tuesday night opening, R-rated comedy »
- Luke Owen
The Expendables have fallen, and they can't get up. This weekend's box office suggests that The Expendables 3 has at least temporarily ended the big budget action franchise spotlighting action heroes of yesterday and tomorrow. Though many reasons have been stated as to why the series has shown declining popularity, one suggestion was a massive piracy leak weeks ago, as a pristine copy of the film circulated online weeks before release. But is piracy really the boogeyman here? The New York Times crunched the numbers and found out that, if the downloads represented paying customers (and many came from overseas), then the film lost a potential $4 million in gross. Which is nothing to sneeze at . that's basically an entire Bruce Willis salary. But it's not a doomsday scenario depicted by some who are discussing the movie's flopping. If the third one was going to do the exact same business of the »
It’s fairly safe to say that Sylvester Stallone has built a very rewarding, lucrative and long career on two iconic characters – Rocky Balboa and John Rambo. The star wrote, directed and performed in the sixth Rocky film in 2006, effectively drawing that franchise to a close. He then did the same with Rambo in 2008 – delivering a fourth franchise entry that brought the character full circle, with an ending intended to satisfy fans and bring them a sense of closure. But now, Rambo 5 is on the horizon.
The character has been loved by fans since the first film exploded onto the big screen in 1982. First Blood saw Vietnam veteran and former Green Beret John Rambo arrive in the small American town of Hope, in Washington State. Searching for his friend from Special Forces, he discovers that he died of a cancer caused by exposure to Agent Orange. Rambo then clashes violently with local authorities. »
- Sarah Myles
Despite several new wide releases, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" remained in first place at the domestic box office for another weekend. The reboot brought in another $28.4 million, bringing its worldwide total to $185 million in under two weeks. Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" took second place with another $24.7 million. The movie has now grossed $418 million globally, easily earning back its $170 million budget. The first new wide release to make it into the top ten list was the "Let's Be Cops" R-rated comedy. It landed in third place with $17.7 million, which is already more than its $17 million budget. But due to a massive marketing campaign, it will be a while before the film is profitable. It has a 10% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables" took fourth place with a disappointing $16.2 million, which is the worst opening in the franchise. The first "Expendables" debuted to $34.8 million in 2010. The sequel followed in 2012 with $28.6 million. »
The top two spots on the box office chart remained unchanged for a second weekend, as audiences favored Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy over a handful of new releases. But in something of a surprise, the strongest of those new films turned out to be Let’s Be Cops. The R-rated comedy has moved ahead of The Expendables 3 since Friday, which might say more about the weakness of the latter rather than the strength of the former. Title Weekend Total 1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $28,400,000 $117.6 2. Guardians of the Galaxy $24,735,000 $222.2 3. Let’s Be Cops $17,700,000 $26.1 4. The Expendables 3 $16,200,000 $16.2 5. The Giver $12,760,000 $12.7 6. Into the Storm $7,720,000 $31.3 7. The Hundred-Foot Journey $7,109,000 $23.6 8. Lucy $5,317,000 $107.5 9. Step Up All In $2,700,000 $11.8 10. Boyhood $2,150,000 $13.8 Full story after the jump. No one was expecting The Expendables 3 to open in first place this weekend – the term “franchise fatigue” seems to have been written specifically to apply to this four year-old series. »
- Nicole Pedersen
No big surprise this weekend, at least not at the top, where Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took the #1 spot for a second weekend in a row with $28.4 million as its domestic cume climbs to $117.6 million while Guardians of the Galaxy was closely behind in second with $24.7 million as it is now over $222.3 million domestically. We find the first of the weekend's new releases in third and no, it doesn't star Sylvester Stallone and a rag tag group of aging action stars. It's Let's Be Cops, a comedy Fox didn't even screen for critics here in Seattle, and while it brought in $17.7 million, falling short of the $20+ million tracking, I'd say it's doing decently after a big start on Wednesday, bringing in $26.1 million total over the last five days. The "B" CinemaScore suggests it will drop as pretty much all films drop, maybe a little faster, but with a $17 million budget »
- Brad Brevet
With The reelase of The Expendables 3 [read our reviews here and here] and the news that he’s set to return to the character of John J. Rambo for Rambo V, this week we’ve decided to put your knowledge of Sylvester Stallone movies to the test in the latest Sunday Quiz. So, if you know your Rocky from your Rambo and your Demolition Man from your… erm… Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, then take the quiz below and don’t forgot to share your results to see how you stack up against your friends…
Question 8 The Expendables 3 »
- Gary Collinson
The Expendables might have an army of action stars, but the third installment in the testosterone-fueled franchise is looking a little weak, opening behind both Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy on Friday.
Expendables 3 (Cinema Score: A-) took in an estimated $5.88 million Friday from 3,221 North American locations. A franchise low (Expendables 2 took in $10.5 million on its first Friday, and Expendables earned $13.3 million in 2010), it looks like Sylvester Stallone and his buddies might even miss the modest $20 million goal for the weekend. These early numbers could indicate that the online leak might have impacted the theatrical earnings more than initially expected. »
- Lindsey Bahr
The Expendables 3 is so adorable you'd want to pinch its little cheeks if the average age of the crew weren't higher than 50. Once again lead by Sylvester Stallone's Barney Ross it's a new mission, a new team, and a new attitude, or so the tagline for this latest film implies. That new attitude must have something to do with entertainment, since The Expendables 3, for its been-there-done-that narrative and paint-by-numbers action set-pieces, ends up as the most enjoyable. It's lighter than the previous two, and though the self-indulgence among the cast is at an all-time high, the genuine fun being had bleeds through. Synopsis, shynopsis. You know the drill. The Expendables are the team of good guys traveling the world in their twin-engine Albatross taking on bad guys and solving the worlds problems a few hundred bullets at a time. This time, however, the group is facing its toughest challenge yet, »
- Jeremy Kirk
We've got yet another installment of Fun F*cking Facts for you, this time focusing on the first installment of Sylvester Stallone's old-school action badass franchise, The Expendables. Theres quite a few interesting tidbits in here, including trivia on Stallone's on-set injuries from the film, Jason Statham's pre-Expendables career, and what kept burglars from robbing Dolph Lundgren's house. Check it out: »
- Paul Shirey
The Expendables 3, 2014.
Directed by Patrick Hughes.
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Kellan Lutz, Kelsey Grammer, Glen Powell, Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz.
Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.
Watching The Expendables 3, one can’t help but see the irony. In 2010, Sylvester Stallone rounded up a group of fellow action stars to give audiences what they always wanted to see, even if it was two decades too late to have any real significance; 1980s action gods Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Stallone himself sharing the same screen (with a few other C-List names added to make up the numbers). The film was fun, »
- Gary Collinson
Sylvester Stallone is probably one of the best in Hollywood in creating jobs for himself. He did it with "Rocky," "Rambo" and now with "The Expendables," which has already completed three installments. Even though the actor has plenty of opportunities to do other movies, he would rather return to what he knows best, which is his "Rambo" franchise. In a new interview with Vulture, Stallone revealed that he's currently working on "Rambo 5." "I'm getting ready for that," he said. "I'm starting to work out. I'm going to be appropriately vicious and all that stuff, but intellectual. A killer with a heart." Stallone previously considered going the sci-fi route with "Rambo 5," but it was recently confirmed that the film would be similar to "No Country For Old Men" and feature Rambo facing off against a Mexican drug cartel. »
Over the past few years, we’ve heard on several occasions that martial arts superstar Jackie Chan was set to join the roster of action stars in The Expendables, only for him to be absent when the latest instalment rolled around. It happened with The Expendables 2, it happened with The Expendables 3, and we’ll no doubt hear the same thing if and when The Expendables 4 arrives.
In fact, speaking to Den of Geek, Chan has confirmed that he’s already been approached by Sylvester Stallone for a part in the planned fourth movie, and it sounds like he’ll be turning it down once more, unless Stallone can come up with a big enough role for the Hong Kong action legend:
“This morning I did hear – the office called – Sly [Stallone] wants me for Expendables 4. I said, ‘Okay.’ Because they already asked me to be in two and three, »
- Gary Collinson
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