Weekend Box Office: NINJA TURTLES Rule for Second Week; EXPENDABLES 3 Overtaken by LET’S BE COPS

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The top two spots on the box office chart remained unchanged for a second weekend, as audiences favored Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy over a handful of new releases.  But in something of a surprise, the strongest of those new films turned out to be Let’s Be Cops.  The R-rated comedy has moved ahead of The Expendables 3 since Friday, which might say more about the weakness of the latter rather than the strength of the former.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $28,400,000 $117.6
2.  Guardians of the Galaxy $24,735,000 $222.2
3.  Let’s Be Cops $17,700,000 $26.1
4.  The Expendables 3 $16,200,000 $16.2
5.  The Giver $12,760,000 $12.7
6.  Into the Storm $7,720,000 $31.3
7.  The Hundred-Foot Journey $7,109,000 $23.6
8.  Lucy $5,317,000 $107.5
9.  Step Up All In $2,700,000 $11.8
10.  Boyhood $2,150,000 $13.8

 

Full story after the jump.

THE EXPENDABLES 3 Review

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The Expendables movies have never really thought beyond their casts.  The thinking has apparently been: “We’ve got classic action heroes, some new blood, and we shoot stuff.  The end.”  It’s been an action franchise without any memorable action, and a big cast of likable actors devoid of almost any charisma.  Although there’s something admirable in how the franchise has sought to be lo-tech in comparisons to today’s CG-loaded blockbusters, it rarely tries to even match the likable characters of those blockbusters.  The Expendables 3 is the same old bag of tricks, and while there’s a hint of passing the torch to a younger generation, Sylvester Stallone and his co-writers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt have no intention of really moving forward.  The cast just got bigger, the action remains bloated and unimpressive, and only magnetic performances from Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas manage to break through this tired series.

Producer Avi Lerner Provides Update on Female EXPENDABLES Movie, THE EXPENDABELLES; Plan to Begin Filming Early Next Year

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I want a good female Expendables movie.  If The Expendables movies are built on nothing but fan-casting (and let’s be honest: they are), then there’s no reason it can’t be done with the many women who have excelled in action films.  However, context is incredibly important, and the plot for Robert Luketic‘s planned “The Expendabelles“, might be disturbingly insulting.  According to a Deadline report from February, the story has a promising start with the main cast being a group of elite mercenaries brought into rescue a nuclear scientist.  Here’s where it could get really, really bad: “The only way in: some of the world’s deadliest female operatives must pose as high-class call-girls shipped in by private plane to satisfy a dictator–and instead save the scientist and the day.”  That’s right: Luketic and writers Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah might have considered a plot that has female ass-kickers going undercover as whores.  Very empowering.

At the recent press day for The Expendables 3, producer Avi Lerner provided an update on the upcoming spin-off.  Hit the jump for more.

Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes Reveal EXPENDABLES 3 Character Details; Banderas Talks AUTOMATA

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While revving up for the August 15th debut of The Expendables 3, Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas took to Reddit to field some fan questions.  The duo covered quite a bit of submissions, but we’ve got two highlights worth noting – Snipes and Banderas’ descriptions of their Expendables 3 characters and some information on Banderas’ upcoming sci-fi thriller, Autómata.

Based on what we’ve seen in previous films and from the third installment’s promos thus far, we’ve got a solid sense of what The Expendables 3 is all about – watching iconic action heroes kick some you-know-what (surprise, surprise) – however, we don’t know much about who these guys are playing and what the characters are all about.  Hit the jump to learn a little more about Snipes’ Dr. Death and Banderas’ Galgo.

THE EXPENDABLES 3 Character Posters Get Colorful

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Ahead of San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, Lionsgate has unveiled a collection of The Expendables 3 characters posters, and they’re a bit, um, different.  Instead of the grit and grime of all the other marketing for the action franchise, these new posters go the opposite route and paint Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, and Co. in some bright primary colors.  I’m not sure these posters are “good” necessarily, but it’s certainly a welcome change from the bland marketing thus far.  If only the actual films were this lively.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Expendables 3 character posters.  The film also stars Mel Gibson, Wesley SnipesArnold SchwarzeneggerKelsey Grammer, Antonio BanderasJason StathamJet LiDolph LundgrenRandy CoutureTerry CrewsKellan LutzRonda RouseyVictor Ortiz, and Glen PowellThe Expendables 3 opens August 15th.

THE EXPENDABLES 3 Gets PG-13 Rating

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While the first two installments of the action hero mash-ups in The Expendables franchise have been R-rated, The Expendables 3 will be sporting a PG-13 rating.  On one hand, this decision is a little strange considering this film is likely the last one to feature the veteran cast, so one might think they’d go all out for their last hurrah.  On the other hand, PG-13 ratings open up a significant portion of audiences, so this might be more of a financial decision than a creative one.

Starring Sylvester StalloneMel GibsonHarrison FordWesley SnipesArnold SchwarzeneggerKelsey Grammer, Antonio BanderasJason StathamJet LiDolph LundgrenRandy CoutureTerry CrewsKellan LutzRonda RouseyVictor Ortiz, and Glen Powell, The Expendables 3 opens August 15th.  Hit the jump for more.

New THE EXPENDABLES 3 Trailer and Banner Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, and Many More

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Lionsgate has released a new The Expendables 3 trailer and banner.  The follow-up finds Sylvester Stallone’s Barney Ross and his Expendables crew squaring off against Ross’ old partner Conrad Stonebanks, played by Mel Gibson.  This trailer is exactly what we’ve come to expect from an Expendables movie at this point.  You’re either in or you’re out, and there’s no changing the formula, only the cast members.  This new trailer gives more attention to new additions such as Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammer, and Gibson, but not too much since we also have to see lots of explosions and shooting lest we fear those elements may not be part of the film.  At this point, “Explosions” and “Shooting” should get their own character posters, top billing, and a chance to walk the red carpet.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Expendables 3 trailer.  The film opens August 15th, and also stars Harrison Ford Arnold SchwarzeneggerJason StathamJet LiDolph LundgrenRandy CoutureTerry CrewsKellan LutzRonda RouseyVictor Ortiz, and Glen Powell.

THE EXPENDABLES 3 TV Spot Lets the Next Generation in on the Action; DELIVER US FROM EVIL TV Spot Spreads Fear Throughout City Streets

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TV spots!  Get your TV spots here!

  • The Expendables 3Patrick Hughes’ action-packed third film in the franchise features Sylvester StalloneMel GibsonHarrison FordWesley SnipesArnold SchwarzeneggerKelsey Grammer, Antonio BanderasJason StathamJet LiDolph LundgrenRandy CoutureTerry CrewsKellan LutzRonda RouseyVictor Ortiz, and Glen Powell, and opens August 15th.
  • Deliver Us from EvilScott Derrickson’s upcoming psychological horror film, which stars Eric BanaEdgar Ramirez, Joel McHale, and Olivia Munn, opens July 2nd.

Hit the jump to check out both TV spots. 

THE EXPENDABLES 3 Is PG-13; Sylvester Stallone Thinks “We Owe It to the Next Generation”

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The Expendables was rated R.  After a brief PG-13 scare, The Expendables 2 hit theaters with an R rating, too.  Unless a divine force intervenes again, The Expendables 3 will be PG-13.  Sylvester Stallone confirmed the Expendables 3 rating at the Cannes Film Festival press conference and explained:

“We want to reach as many people as possible… I think we owe it to the next generation.”

Stallone also talked about how the third movie will differ from the first two at the press conference.  See what he had to say after the jump, along with a picture of Stallone, Mel Gibson, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, and Dolph Lundgren storming the Croisette in a tank.

New Megan Fox Image from TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES; Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes Square off in New Image from THE EXPENDABLES 3

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We’ve got a couple of new images from two of this summer’s anticipated actioners:

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Jonathan Liebesman’s adaptation stars Megan FoxWill ArnettWilliam FichtnerAlan RitchsonPete PloszekJeremy HowardNoel Fisher, and Danny Woodburn, with Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub voicing Leonardo and Splinter respectively, and opens August 8th.  We’ve got a new image of Fox after the jump which is just delightful.
  • The Expendables 3Patrick Hughes’ action-packed third film in the franchise features Sylvester Stallone, Mel GibsonHarrison FordWesley SnipesArnold SchwarzeneggerKelsey Grammer, Antonio BanderasJason StathamJet LiDolph LundgrenRandy CoutureTerry CrewsKellan LutzRonda RouseyVictor Ortiz, and Glen Powell, and opens August 15th.

Hit the jump to check out the new images.

The Gang’s Mostly Here in New Images from THE EXPENDABLES 3 Starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Wesley Snipes

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New images have been released from The Expendables 3.  The follow-up finds Sylvester Stallone’s Barney Ross and his Expendables crew squaring off against Ross’ old partner Conrad Stonebanks, played by Mel Gibson.  One of these images is presumably a promo photo with most of the cast members looking directly into the camera.  And yet, if this were an actual shot from the movie, I wouldn’t be totally surprised.

Hit the jump to check out The Expendables 3 images.  The film opens August 15th, and also stars Harrison FordWesley SnipesArnold SchwarzeneggerKelsey Grammer, Antonio BanderasJason StathamJet LiDolph LundgrenRandy CoutureTerry CrewsKellan LutzRonda RouseyVictor Ortiz, and Glen Powell.  For more on The Expendables 3, click on the respective links for Steve’s set visit report and interviews with Stallone and director Patrick Hughes.

TOP 5: GONE GIRL Trailer, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Set Visit, TRANSCENDENCE, THE EXPENDABLES 3 Set Visit, Zack Snyder Talks BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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I’ve used this space on a few occasions to profess my love for ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentary series and today’s opening paragraph will get a similar treatment. Director Zak Levitt‘s aptly titled Bad Boys debuted this past Thursday night and, even as someone who grew up adoring the Chicago Bulls, I loved almost every second of it (even with his Detroit roots, I could have lived without the Kid Rock narration). The film focuses on the years of Detroit Pistons basketball known as “The Bad Boys Era”, which included back-to-back NBA Championships for the franchise in ’89 and ’90. As is often the case with 30 for 30 films, Levitt does a nice job of framing the Pistons’ iconic run within a societal context; in this case, the 1967 Detroit riot. In doing this, the pic not only offers a fascinating perspective of the team itself but also great insight into what their trademark physical style of play meant to a city still reeling from the effects of the riot. Less important, but an added plus nonetheless, is the fact that I’m now buzzing with nostalgia for the SNES game Bill Laimbeer’s Combat Basketball.

My broken record praise of 30 for 30 aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, Steve’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes set visit, Transcendence interviews and Matt’s review, Steve’s The Expendables 3 set visit, and Zack Snyder discussing Batman vs. Superman costumes and more. Do the right thing and keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

3 New THE EXPENDABLES 3 Images Go Behind the Scenes with Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, and More

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A new batch of The Expendables 3 images is making its way around the net this afternoon.  Hopefully you caught the image we premiered early today, which comes in advance of Steve’s set visit report dropping tomorrow morning.  The new images feature more behind-the-scenes looks at stars Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, and director Patrick Hughes.  If you want to see all of them and more in action, click here to watch the film’s recently released roll call.  You can also check out 16 character posters here.  Hit the jump to take a look at the new The Expendables 3 images.

New THE EXPENDABLES 3 Image Features Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Randy Couture, and Jason Statham

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If you’re looking forward to The Expendables 3, you’re about to be very happy.  Not only did Lionsgate provide us with a new Expendables 3 image featuring Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Sylvester Stallone, director Patrick Hughes, Wesley Snipes, Randy Couture, and Jason Statham, tomorrow morning my set visit embargo lifts so you can expect more photos, my set visit wrote up, and great interviews with the cast.  While I can’t say too much until tomorrow, just know that the movie looks like a very fun action flick and the new cast should add a lot to the picture.  I also cannot wait to see Mel Gibson fighting Stallone.

Hit the jump to check out the new Expendables 3 image, and make sure to hit Collider tomorrow morning for more on the film.

TOP 5: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, First Trailer for LUCY, 22 JUMP STREET Set Visit, THE EXPENDABLES 3 Teaser, Our Most Anticipated Movies

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Given the near universal praise it has received, I doubt that one more voice in its corner will persuade you to check out Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend if you weren’t already planning on it (especially when that “one voice” belongs to yours truly). Still yet, that fact won’t prevent me from gushing about it in these next few sentences. The Winter Soldier is fantastic. The action, humor, performances, and storytelling are all on point and work seamlessly together to create what is instantly one of my favorite Marvel movies and, more impressively, a really good film in general. It joins The Avengers on the short list of Marvel movies that I can see myself revisiting outside of canon just to enjoy again as a singular experience. While I believe a healthy dose of skepticism should be retained until you see it for yourself, I feel comfortable in saying that you can believe the hype surrounding The Winter Soldier.

In addition to me continuing to high-five the new Cap film, this week’s Top 5 also features the first trailer for director Luc Besson‘s Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson, our 22 Jump Street set visit coverage, the first teaser trailer for The Expendables 3, and a look at our most anticipated films from April to June. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

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