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“Expend4bles” opens with Epic Flop – 2nd place at the box office with $8.3 million


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham weren’t enough to save “Expend4bles” from an initial failure at the box office. The fourth installment had the action-packed franchise’s worst opening weekend as “The Nun 2” claimed the top spot for a third straight week, data firm Comscore reported on Sunday.

The Lionsgate and Millennium film, also known as “Expendables 4,” grossed a mediocre $8.3 million for the big-budget project. It featured several popular names, including Stallone, Statham, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Megan Fox and Dolph Lundgren. It’s been nearly a decade since the franchise released a film, which opened with $15.8 million and ultimately grossed $214 million worldwide.

But times have certainly changed, as the film barely placed second behind “The Nun 2,” a horror film that grossed $8.4 million in its first week. It’s been a great start for Warner Bros. project – a spin-off of the lucrative “Conjuring” franchise. So far, the Michael Chaves-directed sequel has grossed over $69 million.

“It’s a star-studded franchise, but horror is a different situation,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “It seems like it doesn’t matter if you get scared in the movie theater a few times in an hour and a half or two, it’s worth the price of admission.”

In third place, “A Haunting in Venice” grossed $6.3 million. Kenneth Branagh’s third Agatha Christie adaptation, following 2017’s “Murder on the Orient Express” and 2022’s “Death on the Nile,” has grossed more than $25.3 million after two weeks.

“The Equalizer 3,” starring Denzel Washington, only fell to fourth place with $4.725 million. In four weeks, it grossed $81.1 million domestically.

“Barbie,” the biggest movie of 2023, continues to carry some momentum from summer to fall. Greta Gerwig’s box office hit cracked the top five, earning $3.2 million this week and a domestic total of more than $630 million after a 10-week run.

Sixth place went to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3,” with $3 million, while “It Lives Inside” opened its first week with $2.6 million. Sony’s film “Dumb Money,” a dramatization of the GameStop stock market frenzy, remained in eighth place for the second straight week with $2.5 million.

“Blue Beetle” fell to ninth, with $1.8 million, and “Oppenheimer” rounded out the top 10 with $1.6 million. Christopher Nolan’s film grossed $321 million domestically.

Overall, it was once again a slow result for the box office numbers, as many Hollywood projects are still on hold due to ongoing strikes by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Writers Guild of America.

This weekend saw the lowest turnover since December 9, 2022, Dergarabedian said. It was also the first time since the weekend of February 10, 2023 that a film did not gross more than $10 million.

But Dergarabedian said a “spectacular October” could be on the way with the highly anticipated concert films “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour,” “The Exorcist: Believer” and “Saw X.”

“Things are going to change next week or weeks after that when Taylor Swift comes to the multiplex,” he said. “It’s the natural ebb and flow of the box office. This means one thing: we will return to normal.

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Estimated ticket sales Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final national figures will be released on Monday.

1. “The Nun II,” $8.4 million.

2. “Expend4bles,” $8.3 million.

3. “A Haunting in Venice,” $6.3 million.

4. “The Equalizer 3,” $4.7 million.

5. “Barbie,” $3.2 million.

6. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3,” $3 million.

7. “It Lives Inside,” 2.6 million.

8. “Dumb Money,” $2.5 million.

9. “Blue Beetle,” $1.8 million.

10. “Oppenheimer,” $1.6 million.


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