‘Expendables 3’ Flops, ‘TMNT’ Tops Friday Box Office

The Expendables 3

“The Expendables 3” is living up to its title.

Lionsgate’s actioner flopped on Friday with a franchise-worst debut of $5.9 million. It’s estimated to earn $15.3 million by Sunday, which would be the lowest opening in the series.

The pizza-loving reptiles of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” earned enough dough to hold down the top spot in the domestic box office for the second weekend in a row.

Paramount’s “TMNT” grossed $7.9 million on Friday on its way to a $26 million-plus weekend, while Disney-Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” came in second. Newcomers “Let’s Be Cops,” “The Expendables 3” and “The Giver” were no competition for the summer box office saviors.

“TMNT” joins only three other movies — Paramount’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and Fox’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” — that have come in no. 1 at the summer box office for two consecutive weekends.

In a repeat of last weekend, “Guardians” was the runner-up with $7 million. The intergalactic adventure is en route for a $23 million weekend, which would mark a 44% drop. The tentpole crossed the $200 million mark on Friday and will haul as much as $221 million by Sunday.

“Expendables 3” came in third place on Friday, but won’t be able to outmuscle Fox’s “Let’s Be Cops” the rest of this weekend, likely landing in fourth by Sunday.

Despite being the most star-studded pic of the franchise (starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson), “Expendables 3” will likely have the lowest-grossing debut of the bunch. The original pic launched to $34.8 million in 2010 while the second installment debuted to $28.6 in 2012. “Expendables 3” could miss the last film’s mark by more than $10 million.

Audiences may be weary of the geriatric action stars (and prefer their heroes of the superhuman variety) or piracy could have hurt its box office performance. A leaked copy of the film was downloaded 189,000 times over a 24-hour period when it surfaced online three weeks ago. A federal judge recently granted Lionsgate a temporary restraining order to curb the illegal downloads.

Fox’s “Let’s Be Cops” is still going strong after its mid-week debut. The raunchy comedy starring Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as two friends impersonating police officers earned $5.6 million on Friday. It looks to make $17 million (its production budget) this weekend, which would raise its cume to $25 million.

The Weinstein Company’s “The Giver” rounded out the top five. Based on Lois Lowry’s dystopian YA novel of the same name, the movie earned $4.7 million (including an impressive $750,000 from Thursday late-night screenings) on Friday en route to $13 million.

The pic starring Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites offers an alternative to the action-heavy blockbusters.
The $25 million adaptation has been in the works for about 18 years.

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  1. davidf95 says:

    I hope I flop this weekend. :)

  2. darklurkr23 says:

    Maybe they shoudl release new movies on a website for 50 cents. It’s like who won’t pay 50 cents. Then that’s at least 90k dollars

  3. kart says:

    Bring Jackie chan in 4th part to save expandables series…. Just sly, arnie and Jackie would be awesome….

  4. is there any good in this world says:

    No talent? OMG there is alot of confusion out there . Sylvester Stallone , Mel Gibson & the rest , my adviced to anyone saturated in hate open your eyes to there always terrific acting preformace. The film didn’t hit box office becasuse & obviously has been reported downloaded over 2 million times by thieves , soo sad :( , End of story .

    • SomeGuy says:

      Oh please give me a break already… it’s been out for awhile now that pirating of movies doesn’t effect movie sales.

  5. Joe says:

    Harrison Ford can do better then star with a bunch of no talent hacks in a crap film by a crap company called Lionsgate Films.

  6. harry georgatos says:

    Even though its the best of a woeful franchise with a top notch premise developed with a retarded mentality. Gibson is the only one to give a stand-out performance. The third one is edited with a meat cleaver with jump in scenes that seem somewhat clunky. At the end of the day Lionsgate produced a poor product and audience saw through it with the,bad of mouth online piracy. Stallone is no scriptwriter as,he writes with the intelligence of a peanut. Its a good premise in need of better filmmakers!

    • Sore says:

      Like Expendables or not, Sly has writing skills. Rocky & Rambo alone

      • James Breen says:

        Stallone should be applauded for his work on Rocky. He wrote a role for himself after playing bit parts and drive-in shlock. But, John Avildsen as the director and Chartoff/Winkler were the ones who guided that script into reality and deserve a lot of credit. And, to be honest, Stallone has squandered much of that Rocky goodwill by forcing sequel after sequel. As for Rambo, he didn’t write First Blood alone (Michael Kozoli and William Sackheim received credit) and, like most of his films after Rocky, Stallone forced himself into a writer’s position and worked with lesser known directors who he could control(John Landis and Richard Donner the main exceptions.) Compare him to someone like Arnold who was confident enough as an actor to work with John Milius, James Cameron, Paul Verhoeven, Ivan Reitman and John McTiernan.

      • harry georgatos says:

        I wouldn’t want Rambo 2, 3, and 4 along with the threadbare plots to Rocky 3, 4 and 5 on my resume along with the woeful dialogue to Cliffhanger. The dialogue in The Expendables and Driven have the,brainpower of a 12 year old kid. Stallone’s writing skills are for the simple-minded.

  7. Yolie says:

    And add on to my other comment: Forget the MMA female fighter. We needed her like a hole in the head. Sorry.

  8. Yolie says:

    I have seen Expendables 1 & 2. I liked 2 the best. #3 I haven’t seen but from the trailers, I don’t think the extra add ons was the right idea. People are only interested in seeing Sly, Jason S, Terry Crews, Maggie, Willis, Arni, & Toll Road & Jet Li. Forget those other guys, who needs them. Even Van Dam was not a good choice. Keep the original people and #4 will be great. Have Jet Li do some martial arts stuff and also Chuck Norris. Trust me, martial arts is in and going over into another country to rescue our military will go a long way.

  9. Cath says:

    As someone who has gone to many movies this summer I think a lot of people just have movie fatigue and, quite frankly, don’t have a lot of money to spend on something like the Expendables 3. You don’t really need to see on a big screen. Who exactly is the audience for this film anyway?

  10. stevenmillan says:

    A few reason why this weekend’s box office for EXPENDABLES 3 turned out bad: (1). it was released at the same time that both TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY are dominating the box office,(2). both originally intended stars Jackie Chan and Steven Seagal aren’t part of EXP3’s enormously stellar cast,(3).a younger cast(led by TWILIGHT’s Kellan Lutz and Ronda Rousey) doesn’t make this film look so great,(4).the film got leaked out early on-line,via bootleg torrents,and (5).the PG-13 rating,for as much as I dig PG-13 rated genre film it somehow doesn’t fit with the tough and gruff EXPENDABLES. Hopefully,Stallone will still consider continuing on with the series(even though the producers will attempt to convince him to bring it to the Straight–To-DVD/Blu ray market),since they’re so many past action stars that haven’t yet appeared in an EXPENDABLES film(such as Sho Kosugi,Jeff Speakman,Don “The Dragon” Wilson,Jim Brown,Joe Don Baker,and Fred Williamson).

  11. niki says:

    Ex3 just looked cheap…they must have shot it on video instead of Kodak which makes a huge difference with not only the look but also the feel of the movie

  12. That’s too bad given all of the stars on http://www.crackedhistory.com/top-12-action-stars-badasses-real-life/ or should Rousey have been on instead? Thanks!

  13. Teens4Turtles this weekend says:

    Expendables 3 got hit with the tri-feta of bad karma- 1. Fan fatigue had already set-in from the last film, 2. PG -13 action for an audience hooked on its R-rated action, and 3. The likelihood that its core fan base already have seen it months ago. In other tri-feta news, TMNT now has a solid shot at 3-peating at #1 next weekend, which would be the first movie to three-peat in a long time.

    • I think you mean trifecta…

      • Jacques Strappe says:

        Well, I think he was on to something with “tri-feta”, though since the 3rd Expendables does feel like a blend of at least 3 different cheeses that leaves a very bad taste in one’s mouth. I can’t help myself by starring at Stalone’s botched plastic surgery–it’s like rubber necking an auto accident.

  14. Erik says:

    Plus there was a big deal made about Transformers being the first movie all summer to be number one for more than a week. This is very sloppy reporting for Variety.

  15. Ano says:

    What killed EX3 is its rating. You can’t deliver 80’s action wrapped in PG-13. I’m glad it’s flopping, serves the sellouts right.

    • WalterWhite says:

      Studios will only blame one thing and that will be the leak of the movie and they have no one else to blame but themselves for that not the people who downloaded it. I think the Blu-ray sales maybe good though if it has uncut version.

  16. Sabrie says:

    X-Men was only number one for one weekend. If you’re looking at the chart on boxofficemojo, the Memorial Day weekend is listed twice, with the four day frame and the three day differentiated.

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