BOX OFFICE MOJO:
Lionsgate's The Expendables 2 is off to mixed results this weekend. After grossing an estimated $10.5 million on Friday, the ensemble action sequel is headed for an opening weekend take of $28.5 million. On one hand The Expendables 2 will easily lead the box office this weekend (and will have a very good chance of doing so again next weekend), but on the other hand the film will open below the $13.33 million opening day and $34.83 million opening weekend performances of The Expendables back in August of 2010. With such a weak line-up the next three weeks, there is the potential for The Expendables 2 to hold up better than The Expendables did, but the more front-loaded nature of sequels in general will be working against the film as well going forward.
This is very disappointing news for Expendables fans who were hoping for a much larger opening. I know a while back a few people were saying Expendables 2 could do "Dark Knight" business at the Box Office but that appears to be VERY FAR from the truth. Here's hoping that instead of big business, Expendables 2 can do steady business and maintain making money for several weeks.
These Box Office results do not bode well for THE LAST STAND and BULLET TO THE HEAD. If Arnie and Sly can pull in even close to $20 million on their opening weekends for those films they will be very fortunate.
EXPENDABLES 2 FACES BOMB THREAT
The Wrap reported on Friday "that Law enforcement officials across the country responded to a bomb threat at Carmike Cinemas' showings of "The Expendables 2" on Friday, setting off a fresh wave of anxiety at movie theaters still reeling from a mass-shooting at a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" last month.In a statement Carmike said it received a threatening phone call Thursday night at its Columbus, Georgia corporate headquarters."
Thankfully the threat has proven to be a false alarm. Some people have a very sick sense of humour.
VINTAGE EXPENDABLES 2 TRAILER
A battle between the trailers for Bullet To The Head and The Last Stand posted at IGN!!
"Kid actor Izabela Vidovic is also boarding the production, which is expected to get underway Sept. 24 in New Orleans with Gary Fleder directing.
The project, based on a book by Chuck Logan, centers on a an ex-DEA agent (Statham) who moves to a small town in the hope of a quiet life but runs afoul of a villainous meth kingpin named Gator (Franco).
Ryder will play a former biker chick partnered with Franco. Vidovic is playing Statham’s daughter."
GERMAN CLIPS FROM EXPENDABLES 2