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'Expendables' Expends Too Much Cast To Beat 'Cops'- Week 16

Guardians of the Galaxy
Transformers: Age of Extinction
X-Men: Days of Future Past
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Let's Be Cops
The Giver
The Expendables 3
The first Expendables movie cost $80 million to make and grossed about $100 million. The second cost $100 million and made about $80 million. They're not listing how much the third Expendables cost to make but given how its opening weekend was about half of the Expendables 2 debut, after an already insane 17 names on the Expendables 3 movie poster, let's just say there are a lot of expendable cast mates that aren't going to make it back for the 4th... Or maybe they just jettison the AARP members and go with all the no-name guys under 30 who'd probably just do the movie for a protein shake and a subscription to Maxim.

Expendables 3 tried to appeal to more of an "all ages" crowd by going the PG-13 route and all it succeeded in doing was dropping its business in half. Opening with $15.9 million, Sly and the Family Stone couldn't even take out the wannabes in Let's Be Cops this weekend! Granted, all of Stallone's films outside of the Expendable franchise this century (Bullet to the Head, Escape Plan, and Grudge Match) have opened at $4.5 million, $9.9 million, and $7 million not so respectively, meaning this does seem to be the only gun left in Sly's holster. If only more of us would've embraced his Rhinestone, Oscar, and Stop or My Mom Will Shoot side, maybe we'd have been able to avoid these future embarrassments... or maybe we'd have even worse embarrassments.

Going back to the 17 names on the Expendables 3 poster, this may go unnoticed by many, yet there are only 16 actors shown. What the heck did Robert Davi do to be given the wrong address on photo day? This guy was a James Bond villain, for Pete Rose's sake! Granted, it was a Timothy Dalton Bond film so it may hardly count, but it's a Bond film nonetheless. Wesley Snipes looks like Rupaul out of drag on the poster and they leave Robert Davi and his evil craters of the moon face off?! I guess we found who was the most Expendable of all.

Let's Be Cops filled-in nicely as the low-budget comedy that hits at the right time. With a five-day total of $26.2 million for film that cost only $17 million to make, producers are certain to be happy with Let's Be Making-A-Profit.

The Giver didn't give much at all. A $12.3 million start for film based on a "classic" book? I'm tired of all of these TNT "New Classics" branding that's happening to books today. Selling a few copies doesn't make you a classic. A classic means you're still selling a few copies years after you were published with people still studying and talking about it. Crap, with that definition they could call 50 Shades of Gray a classic. OK, forget I said anything. Twilight, you're a classic. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, you're a classic. The South Beach Diet, you're a classic... Everyone's a classic!

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held on with their webbed feet to the #1 spot at the box-office this weekend. Dropping an understandable 56%, another $28.5 million was added toward their $117.8 million total leaving Michael Bay and his team seeing all sorts of green. Besides, this helps keep Megan Fox away from a TV show where she could hurt us on a weekly basis, so we're going to call this a win-win.

The big mover of the summer was really the film in second place this weekend. Guardians of the Galaxy put on the thrusters to stabilize its descent at 40%. Star Lord ravaged $25.1 million more to take GotG to the other worldly total of $222.7 million. This film has two more weeks to catch Transformers: Age of Extinction and it has every chance to be able to do just that. Unless Ronan The Accuser destroys our planet with an infinity stone or Kim Kardashian gets into a rap battle with Iggy Azalea, this is pretty much a done deal.

With the rise of the Guardians comes the end of Godzilla as it falls off our Top Five Films of the Summer list. You fought the good fight, buddy. Well, you fought the best fight you could against giant insect things that weren't really clear because usually you fought when it was dark and we couldn't see anything. Judging by how survivors cheered you at the end, though, even when they were without electricity and cell service so they probably didn't see anything either, it was an adequate fight. Definitely, Grade C+, marginally acceptable fight. Well done!

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Transformers: Age of Extinction - $243.4 million
#2. Maleficent - $236.8 million
#3. X-Men: Days of Future Past - $232.5 million
#4. Guardians of the Galaxy - $222.7 million
#5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - $202.9 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 08/19/2014

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy, Let's Be Cops, Maleficent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Expendables 3, The Giver, Transformers: Age of Extinction, X-Men: Days of Future Past
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