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'Expendables 3' box office much lower than expected, film a flop?

The 'Expendables 3' premiere was a star-studded event.
The 'Expendables 3' premiere was a star-studded event.
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The "Expendables 3" box office was far below projections on its first day of release. In fact, the opening day "Expendables 3" box office didn't even make it the top film in theaters. According to a report from EW on Saturday (Aug. 16) the film was third place during its first day in the United States. At an estimated 3,221 locations on Friday (Aug. 15) the film brought in an estimated $5.88 million. This was despite good reviews from viewers seeing it on the first day.

Sylvester Stallone is back in 'Expendables 3' this summer.
Photo by Ilya S. Savenok

The top film is still "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" as the movie brought in an estimated $7.92 million to kick off its second weekend. Second place went to "Guardians of the Galaxy" on Friday as the movie earned another estimated $6.95 million. That total helped it to pass $200 million easily in the domestic market alone. It continues to be a big draw, showing that Marvel has indeed stumbled on to a new winner that could breed successful sequels.

In other interesting movie news, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" passed the $500 million mark at the global box office due to Friday’s opening in China, which brought in $5.6 million. It has made $170.6 million in the U.S. alone and with the positive things that critics have had to say about it, should be garnering an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Film very soon. With bigger worldwide success than the original film, it's no surprise that a third one is now in the works.

It has been rumored that the "Expendables 3" box office would take a hit due to the film getting leaked on the internet at the end of July. It appears that might be the case, because it isn't receiving the draw that was expected. The cast list for the film is an interesting one, led by Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, and Jet Li. By combining dozens of action starts into one film (for the third time), Stallone seemed to have a working formula, but it might have been played out.