‘Expendables 3’ Shoots Up $875K at Thursday Box Office

The Expendables 3

The Expendables 3” flexed its muscles to the tune of $875,000 at the box office Thursday.

Those numbers are in the range of late night preview show results for past films in the series. The first “Expendables” did $870,000 from its late night screenings, while the second one racked up $685,000, although those only consisted of midnight shows whereas “Expendables 3” began showing at 7 p.m.

“Expendables 3” bowed Thursday in over 2200 locations and will expand Friday to 3,221 theaters.

The aging action heroes adventure pic faces stiff competition from “Let’s Be Cops,” the raunchy R-rated comedy that’s been performing strongly since debuting on Wednesday. “Let’s Be Cops” has so far put up $8.4 million through Thursday.

It must also contend with another fresh wide release, “The Giver,” The Weinstein Company’s $25 million adaptation of Lois Lowry’s young adult novel. The picture did robust business on Thursday, picking up $750,000 in preview screenings.

“The Expendables 3” brings back Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but adds new AARP members in the grizzled form of Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson. Bruce Willis sits this one after reportedly demanding to be paid too much for his art. The film should pull in between $23 million to $25 million, less than the second film’s $28.6 million opening haul and far short of the first’s $34.8 million debut.

“The Giver” is expected to debut to roughly $15 million in 3,003 locations, while “Lets Be Cops” should score $20 million in 3,093 venues.

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  1. tony says:

    Shoots up means take drugs via needle. Not the best choice of words.

  2. James says:

    All that pirating sure is affecting its box office earnings huh

    • What a dick thing to say – From a guy who has no clue on what pirating does to filmmakers. The thing is, pirates don’t care which films they take – so a small independent film ends up not making it’s money back and people lost money and jobs and their livelihood. And the studios don’t take a big of a chance on up and comers because they want to have a high return right away so they make crappy remakes and sequels and use the same tired old people. People complain that movies are crap – well, no wonder when 10% – 12% of your box office is taken from illegal pirating, people change their tactics. Stop thinking of yourself for once and realize that there is more at stake.

  3. harry georgatos says:

    Regardless of what unforgiving people think of Gibson he gives the only real performance in the entire franchise followed by Banderas energetic performance. Number 3 is also the best one in the series. It ain’t a classic by no means but will do better then what these early predictions have to say.

  4. LOL says:

    America has no self respect.

  5. Good reviews by “paying” customers. Critics see way too many movies…for free.

  6. Jim says:

    Flexed it muscle? $875,000 for a preview night starting at 7 PM is awful. “Let’s Be Cops” pulled in almost 8 times as much on a Wednesday night. Expendables 3 is looking at 4th place on its opening weekend…it has a very limited target audience. The first one had possibly the worst dialogue in the history of movies. They never should have made a second one, let alone a third one. Time for Hollywood to come up with some new ideas and quit churning out endless sequels of mediocre movies.

    • billy says:

      Let’s Be Cops is a rental. No need to see it on a big screen. And it’s been trashed by critics even moreso than Expendables. It has

  7. Raza says:

    I liked Expendables 3…It was cool and I must say,It was the best film of the trilogy….

    • frankie342 says:

      good on you that you loved it and shown true passion
      for the film and that goes out to the rest of you who
      shown appreciation of the franchise.



  8. Spider says:

    I liked this flick. Sure, it’s not Oscar material and I wish the writers would put a little more creativity into the script. There was lots of potential to maximize use of the action talent and I thought Mel Gibson played a damn good villain, despite being underused. Antonio Banderas stole the flick with his upbeat, talkative character being the life of the expendables and the party! This flick delivered exactly what it advertised. It was a kick-ass time at the movies.

  9. Jedi77 says:

    Saw it last night, and I gotta say it’s a helluva lot better than the second one, the jokes were so much better. This was actually just as funny as Guardians.
    We were four guys aged 34-40 and we all enjoyed it. We all hated the second one.

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