Another week of soft releases amidst a vat of late summer holdovers is leading some to believe that the industry is in store for yet another tepid fall. The Possession banked $17.7 million to lead the pack, but not much else is remotely noteworthy. Even The Weinstein Company’s Lawless did not bring the goods which is a bit odd because a lot of people claimed they wanted to see the movie. Maybe they meant for a buck via Redbox in three months’ time… Continue Reading
The Friday box office report looks as bleak as it was last weekend. It is safe to say the Labor Day holiday period will feature no bump this year as Lawless and The Possession are the lone chances at breaking into 8-figures for the weekend and both are off to merely ‘okay’ starts with a sizable hedge going to the Lionsgate horror feature. Continue Reading
Let the early fall box office doldrums begin! This weekend has seen one of the worst theatrical performances in quite a while from the top ten as only one film managed to pass into eight-figure territory. Those honors go to The Expendables 2 with $13.5 million. The movie easily beat out other returning offerings that include The Bourne Legacy, ParaNorman, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, The Campaign, and The Dark Knight Rises. Continue Reading
The Friday box office ran a bit weak yesterday, but seeing how this is technically the start of ‘fall programming’ up on the big screen no one should be too shocked. Headlining the weekend so far is an unpredictably strong performance by the anti-Barack Obama documentary 2016 Obama’s America–also known as the film that suggests our president is a deep cover operative for various terror regimes in the third world. Continue Reading
The official studio estimates are now out for the box office weekend ending August 19, 2012 which gives us something beyond what we saw on Friday. For the most part, it would appear that the movies each stayed on course. The Expendables 2 won the weekend easily and the other new arrivals threw in some modest returns.
The Expendables 2 is perhaps the biggest story as it shows a contraction over the film’s predecessor despite glowing reviews. This Simon West-directed effort found only $28.8 million, down from $34.8 million two years prior suggesting the low grade of the franchise launcher played a big factor in these results. What also might have hurt was that The Bourne Legacy opened the weekend prior. That film banked another $17 million, bringing its total to nearly $70 million. Continue Reading
This weekend saw the entry of a few new arrivals at the box office. The Expendables 2 was meant to capture the action crowd; Sparkle looked for females; and The Odd Life of Timothy Green and ParaNorman fought over families. While Odd Life was expectedly weak (live-action family movies are tough to pull off,) the other entrants banked some serious coin for the first weekend of ‘back-to-school.’
The Expendables 2 was the big one to watch. Despite tepid reviews for the series’ first outing from both critics and theater goers, Hollywood anticipated a $40 million weekend which would have signified a near 20% bump from 2010 which opened with a $13.3 million Friday. Instead, the Simon West-directed ensemble flick failed to capitalize on much better reviews and word of mouth by banking a mere $10.5 million in its first 24 hours. Continue Reading
Jason Statham was out doing a little late promotion for The Expendables 2 yesterday as the Transporter star showed up on The Tonight Show. When on the program, the actor talked about the cast and how he got involved. Apparently, a request from Sylvester Stallone is all it took for him to say yes to playing Lee Christmas in the action ensemble series.
Additional conversation centered on the series’ prospects for a third outing and Statham seemed unsure. Perhaps he missed the news a few days ago that Nicolas Cage was already on board or he was playing it cautious as to not say anything that would get him in hot water with producers. Either way, it definitely sounds like he will be attached to The Expendables 3 should it happen. Continue Reading
Even though everyone knows that Sylvester Stallone has proven himself time and time again in the director’s chair, many people knew that a change up in command was needed to make The Expendables move forward. That is exactly why the enlistment of Con Air director Simon West was heralded by many and today we are realizing the big move paid off.
Initial reviews label The Expendables 2 as fun, exactly what you would expect, and better than the first one. While issues still reside in the fact that it is more of a 90′s action parody than anything else, many believe that the franchise finally delivered on a suitable ensemble piece that can be appealing to anyone who can get around that it is not going to be an award-winning piece of art. Continue Reading
One of the most talked about parts of The Expendables 2 trailer when it first came out had to be the scene where Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger got in a smart car. Having Arnold rip a door off and say “my shoe is bigger than this car,” received a pretty good laugh as it appeared to show what the action-packed, one-liner laden franchise was all about in a few short ridiculous seconds. Thankfully, the extended version of that has just landed online in the form of a movie clip for all to enjoy. Hit the jump for a cast list and the view. Continue Reading
There is a brand new clip out for the upcoming sequel to The Expendables. It is pretty much more of the same: Sylvester Stallone and Co. being awesome with guns. If that is your type of thing, go ahead and hit the jump for the view because you will get to see the group take down a helicopter and a water tower. Continue Reading
A lot Expendables 2 promos have been making the rounds these past few months, but there is still new footage to be had as evidenced by the actioner’s newest TV spot released online earlier today. What you can expect from this is another one-liner by Terry Crews and some brief dialogue from Jean-Claude Van Damme. Hit the jump for the cast list and the view. Continue Reading
There is a new, one-minute featurette for The Expendables 2 out that has Sylvester Stallone taking center stage. He may have handed the directorial reins to Simon West, but the franchise is still his baby thus why we care what he has to say. In the following video, he makes note of how this film is not exactly your typical action movie nowadays as this is a bit more old school. Stallone also boasts about getting this ensemble together for a second trip around the bases. Hit the jump for the quick view. Continue Reading
Check out the brand new poster for The Expendables 2. Continue Reading
It is being reported today from Deadline that the movie, The Tomb, has found its director in industry veteran Mikael Hafstrom. This could possibly be the director’s biggest effort should he sign on to do the project as in addition to Sylvester Stallone filling the film’s lead role, Arnold Schwarzenegger could conceivably join the production as well.
As for The Tomb’s plot, it is centered around Stallone’s character who designs a high-tech prison only to be falsely imprisoned in it later. Needless to say, Rocky will be tasked with breaking out.
The addition of Arnold to the cast would mark the second major film that the former-governor and Stallone team for in the course of a few short years. For those not in the know, Arnold has a significantly beefed up role in The Expendables 2 which is currently set to release in August. Stay tuned for more as this potential blockbuster unfolds.
The Expendables 2 just got a whole lot more anticipated as both Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger have signed on to play significantly larger roles in the film’s sequel. The first film featured the duo in cameo appearances, so this is going to be a pretty big deal by comparison. Continue Reading