Expendables 4, titled Expend4bles, opened with $3.2 million on Friday, a franchise-low opening for the Expendables series. The $3.2 million tally includes $750,000 in Thursday evening previews.
With a budget of $100 million from Millenium, it is now looking at a potential severe new loss in profits; the production company had been looking to open somewhere within the $15-$17 million range for the weekend, but it’s currently on track to produce an all-time low at only $8 million.
The first three Expendables movies, released in 2010, 2012, and 2014, have grossed over $800 million globally. The Expendables 3 (2014) grossed $15.8 million during its opening weekend and made about $214 million globally.
Many attribute the subpar opening to poor reviews centering on lackluster performances and bad CGI. The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “This edition — essentially a sub-par Jason Statham vehicle (after this and Meg 2: The Trench, some quality control might be in order for the actor) featuring a brief appearance by Stallone and several new cast members who fail to make much of an impression — indicates that it’s time to put a fork in the series; it’s done.”
Meanwhile, The Nun II has grossed about $69.2 million for its domestic total while $8.4 million for the weekend, and A Haunting in Venice has touched $6.3 million for the weekend, surprising those who have predicted a far more successful run for the blockbuster franchise.
Sunday list by Deadline:
1) The Nun 2 (NL) 3-day $8.4M (-42%) Total $69.2M/Wk 3
2.) Expendables 4 (LG/Mill) 3-day $8.3M/Wk 1
3.) A Haunting in Venice (Dis) 3-day $6.3M (-56%)/Total $25.3M/Wk 2
4.) Equalizer 3 (Sony) 3-day $4.72M (-35%), Total: $81.2M /Wk 4
5.) Barbie (WB) 3-day $3.2M (-16%) Total $630.45M/Wk 10
6.) My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 (Uni) 3-day $3M (-37%) Total $23.8M/Wk 3
7.) It Lives Inside (NEON) 3-day $2.6M/Wk 1
8.) Dumb Money (Sony) 3-day $2.5M (+999%), Total $2.8M/Wk 2
9.) Blue Beetle (WB) 3-day $1.81M (-28%)/Total $69.8M/Wk 6
10.) Oppenheimer (Uni) 3-day $1.63M (-22%), Total $321.2M/Wk 10
11.) Teenage Mutanta Ninja Turtles…(Par) 3-day $1.625M (-20%) Total $116.2M/Wk 8