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‘The Expendables 2’ Box Office: Sylvester Stallone Actioner Has Less Firepower Than Predecessor

The Expendables 2 Sylvester Stallone Arnold Schwarzenegger Jason Statham‘The Expendables 2.’

‘The Expendables 2’ box office: Far behind ‘The Expendables’

Aug. 19 update: Directed by Simon West and featuring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme and about a half-dozen other veteran action stars, The Expendables 2 was easily the most successful movie at the North American box office this weekend, Aug. 17-19, scoring an estimated $28.75 million at 3,316 locations according to studio figures found at Boxofficemojo.com. At a distant second was Tony Gilroy / Jeremy Renner / Rachel Weisz’s holdover The Bourne Legacy, with $17.02 million. So, does that mean The Expendables 2 opened with a bang? Well, not exactly.

Two years ago, The Expendables collected $34.82 million at 3,270 locations on its opening weekend. In other words, at 10 percent more theaters, the sequel grossed nearly 20 percent less than the original film. The sequel’s per-theater average was $8,670 vs. the original’s $10,650.

And though higher than the $27 million expected yesterday following a less-than-stellar Friday opening, The Expendables 2‘s box office take was around $10 million less than pundits such as Box Office Mojo’s Ray Subers had predicted late last week. And remember, the $28.75 million figure is a studio estimate; box office actuals will come out Monday.

The Expendables 2 budget

Lionsgate reportedly acquired the North American and U.K. rights to The Expendables 2 for $35 million. The sequel’s budget has been pegged at either $80 million (originally) or $100 million (more recent reports). The original cost a reported $80 million.

A modest “success” in North America – $103.06 million cume – The Expendables turned out to be a solid grosser overseas, reaching $171.4 million. As to be expected for an action flick, the film’s top international market was China ($31.77 million), followed by – somewhat surprisingly – the United Kingdom ($15.96 million), Russia/CIS ($13.95 million), and France ($13.54m). On the downside, The Expendables underperformed in a few major territories, including Brazil ($5.66 million), Mexico ($5.34 million), Italy ($4.1 million), and South Korea ($2.54m).

In North America, Lionsgate will probably get its (reported) $35 million investment back (not including marketing/distribution expenses). But The Expendables 2‘s only hope to recover its budget at the box office is the international market. Bear in mind that as a rule of thumb, studios get 50 percent of the domestic gross and 40 percent of the overseas gross. But considering that The Expendables 2 is an “independent” production (via Millennium Films and Nu Image Films), revenue share agreements may vary widely.

The Expendables 2 international grosses

Universal opened The Expendables 2 in Russia and Italy, where the action flick grossed, respectively, $7.9 million and $2 million. As per Universal, the sequel debuted much more strongly than the original: 45 percent higher in Russia; 58 percent higher in Italy. Now, it’s unclear what sort of box office basis Universal is using for its claims, as The Expendables opened with $6.4 million in Russia. It’s also unclear whether the sequel was screened at more – or fewer – locations than the original.

Lionsgate’s U.K. figure for The Expendables 2 was quite modest: $2.8 million, especially when compared to The Expendables’ $6.1 million debut two years ago.

The Expendables 2 cast

In addition to the aforementioned names, The Expendables 2 cast includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Scott Adkins, Nan Yu, and Charisma Carpenter.

Simon West, whose previous release was the Jason Statham box office flop The Mechanic, directed from a screenplay credited to Stallone and Richard Wenk. Stallone himself directed the original film. A few weeks ago, his son Sage Stallone died while the actor/screenwriter was promoting The Expendables 2 at San Diego’s ComicCon.

The Expendables 2 international box office figures: The Hollywood Reporter.

Jean-Claude Van Damme The Expendables 2 photo: Frank Masi / Lionsgate.

Aug. 18

Jean-Claude Van Damme The Expendables 2The Expendables 2 box office: Trailing The Expendables by nearly 25 percent?

The Expendables 2 was by far the most successful movie at the North American box office on Friday, August 17, collecting an estimated $10.5 million according to studio figures found at Box Office Mojo. Next in line was Tony Gilroy / Jeremy Renner’s holdover The Bourne Legacy, with nearly half that figure: $5.3 million. So, does that mean The Expendables 2 had a strong debut? Hardly.

Back in August 2010, The Expendables, featuring Sylvester Stallone and about a dozen other aging action stars, earned $13.3 million on its first Friday out. That’s close to 30 percent more than the sequel, even though the original played at about 10 percent fewer theaters.

And whereas The Expendables scored $34.82 million at 3,270 locations on its opening weekend, The Expendables 2 is expected to gross a considerably more modest $27 million at 3,316 locations. That’s nearly 25 percent below the original film’s box office take and approximately $10 million less than pundits such as Box Office Mojo’s Ray Subers had predicted.

The Expendables 2 budget

As per The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate acquired the North American and U.K. rights to The Expendables 2 for $35 million. The sequel’s budget has been pegged at either $80 million (originally) or $100 million (more recent reports). The original cost a reported $80 million.

A modest “hit” in North America – $103.06 million cume – The Expendables turned out to be a solid grosser overseas, totaling $171.4 million. As to be expected for an action flick, its top international market was China ($31.77 million), followed by – somewhat surprisingly – the United Kingdom ($15.96 million), Russia/CIS ($13.95 million), and France ($13.54m). On the downside, the film underperformed in several major territories, including Brazil ($5.66 million), Mexico ($5.34 million), Italy ($4.1 million), and South Korea ($2.54m).

In North America, Lionsgate will quite probably get its $35 million investment back (not including marketing / distribution expenses). But The Expendables 2‘s only hope to recover its budget at the box office is the international market. Remember: as a rule of thumb, studios get 50 percent of the domestic box office take, 40 percent of the international take. But since The Expendables 2 is an “independent” production (via Millennium Films and Nu Image Films), revenue share agreements may vary widely.

The Expendables 2 cast

In addition to Sylvester Stallone, whose son Sage Stallone died while he was promoting The Expendables 2 at San Diego’s ComicCon, the sequel’s cast includes The Hunger Games’ Liam Hemsworth (as bait for the under-65 crowd), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Scott Adkins, Nan Yu, and Charisma Carpenter.

Simon West, whose previous release was the Jason Statham box office flop The Mechanic, directed from a screenplay credited to Stallone and Richard Wenk.

Jean-Claude Van Damme The Expendables 2 photo: Frank Masi / Lionsgate.

Aug. 17

Sylvester Stallone The Expendables 2 Jason Statham Terry Crews
Sylvester Stallone The Expendables 2 box office: Apparently trailing The Expendables

Not every sequel outgrosses the original film. The Expendables 2 may be a case in point if early, rough estimates found in The Hollywood Reporter are accurate. Whereas The Expendables, featuring Sylvester Stallone and about a dozen other aging action stars in roles of various sizes and shapes, collected $34.82 million at 3,270 sites on its opening weekend in North America, The Expendables 2 is expected to gross a more modest $28-29 million at 3,316 locations. That’s also nearly $10 million less than pundits such as Box Office Mojo’s Ray Subers had predicted.

Back in August 2010, The Expendables earned $13.3 million on its first Friday out. Barring a late-show attendance surge, the sequel should take in $11 million.

As per the Reporter, Lionsgate acquired for $35 million North American and U.K. rights to The Expendables 2, whose budget has been pegged at $80m-$100m, depending on the source. For comparison’s sake, the original film cost a reported $80 million.

A modest “hit” in North America – $103.06 million cume – The Expendables turned out to be a solid grosser internationally, reaching $171.4 million. Its top market by far was, unsurprisingly, China ($31.77 million), followed by – somewhat surprisingly – the United Kingdom ($15.96 million), Russia/CIS ($13.95 million), and France ($13.54 million). On the other hand, the film was a disappointment in several major territories, including Brazil ($5.66 million), Mexico ($5.34 million), Italy ($4.1 million), and South Korea ($2.54 million).

The Expendables 2 cast

Besides Sylvester Stallone, whose son Sage Stallone died while he was promoting The Expendables 2 at ComicCon, the sequel’s cast includes Liam Hemsworth (as bait for the under-65 crowd), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Scott Adkins, Nan Yu, and Charisma Carpenter.

Simon West, whose previous effort was the Jason Statham box office bomb The Mechanic, directed from a screenplay credited to Stallone and Richard Wenk.

Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Terry Crews The Expendables 2 photo: Frank Masi / Lionsgate.

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anon -

that may be true but its far better than the original, seeing bruce willis, arnold, van damme, sly and chuck norris all together sharing an action scene is worth price of admission. the only complaint and dissapointment is jet li is only in the beggining and left the franchise aparently.

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