Expendables 4 Makes a Modest Debut in a Sluggish Box Office Weekend

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Expendables 4 Makes a Modest Debut in a Sluggish Box Office Weekend
©Provided by Hollywood Reporter Box Office: ‘Expendables 4’ Debuts With Franchise Low, Bested by ‘Nun II’

In what is shaping up to be one of the weakest weekends for theatrical ticket sales this year, “Expendables 4” managed to secure $8.3 million during its opening weekend. This figure marks the lowest opening in the Jason Statham-led franchise. However, it narrowly missed the top spot, which was retained by “The Nun II” as it continues its dominance at the September box office.

“Expendables 4,” produced by Lionsgate and Millennium and financed by Millennium, was screened at 3,400 theaters and had initially been anticipated to earn around $15 million over the weekend. Unfortunately, it fell short of this projection.

This installment in the franchise is the first in nearly a decade since “The Expendables 3” in 2014. The third installment managed to gross $15.8 million in its opening weekend, ultimately accumulating a total of $214 million worldwide. The inaugural film in the series, released in 2010, had an opening of $35 million, while the 2014 sequel started with $28 million. Together, the first three Expendables films brought in an impressive $800 million in global box office earnings.

“Expendables 4” sees the return of Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham, alongside familiar faces Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture. The film introduces new team members with fresh styles and tactics. Megan Fox, 50 Cent, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Jacob Scipio, and Levy Tran join the franchise, along with Andy Garacia.

Claiming the top position ahead of “Expendables 4” is the box office champion, “The Nun II” by New Line/Warner. In its third weekend, it added an estimated $8.4 million to its domestic earnings, bringing its total to nearly $70 million. Globally, the film is set to surpass $200 million, with an international gross of $20.8 million.

Other notable performers among holdover films include Disney’s “A Haunting in Venice,” the latest installment in Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie-inspired movie series, which has reached $25 million domestically after its second weekend and $71 million worldwide.

In fourth place is Denzel Washington’s “Equalizer 3,” which raked in $4.7 million, pushing it past $80 million in domestic earnings. Meanwhile, “Barbie” rounded out the top five with an additional $3.2 million in its tenth week, contributing to a global gross of $1.41 billion, with $630 million coming from the domestic box office.

In other cinematic developments, Sony expanded the limited release of “Dumb Money” from eight theaters to 616 locations, anticipating a cumulative total of $2.8 million over two weekends. Directed by Craig Gillespie, known for “I, Tonya,” the R-rated comedy-drama explores the GameStop stock market story that captivated headlines during the COVID-19 pandemic and inspired various Hollywood projects.

While the domestic box office contends with weeks of underperformance, anticipation is building for fall’s buzzworthy awards films and the eagerly awaited Taylor Swift Eras concert film. However, the primary focus in Hollywood this weekend is on the ongoing negotiations between the AMPTP and WGA to resolve a historic strike that has persisted for approximately 145 days. Studio sources have indicated that the AMPTP has presented its “best and final” offer in the negotiations.

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