The Expendables 2 either underperformed, or performed spectacularly, depending on what decade it is.
Source: Box Office Mojo
Studios were really hoping that The Expendables 2, the sequel to director Sylvester Stallone's retro action movie The Expendables, would gross about $40 million domestically this weekend, but the movie fell short at just $28 million, despite topping the charts. While some might be disappointed at this performance, The Outhouse prefers to look for the silver lining. You see, The Expendables is a movie franchise that counts on nostalgia to put asses in the seats. Its stars, including Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, are action stars whose heydey was the 1980s, and the movies themselves are stylistic throwbacks to the action movies of that period.
With that in mind, the $28 million dollar performance is not bad at all. First Blood, the first movie in Stallone's highly successful Rambo series, grossed only $27.5 million in its opening weekend in 1982. Van Damme's Universal Soldier, released in 1992, only grossed $36 million dometically in its entire run, and it was a high point in Van Damme's storied career. Sure, movie tickets back in the eighties cost a nickel and girls had hairy bushes, but not much else has changed, so The Outhouse would like to declare The Expendables 2 a rousing success.
Other movies that opened this weekend include Paranorman, which made $14 million, and Sparkle, which made $12 million. Bourne Legacy, in its second week, took in $17 million, and The Dark Knight Rises made another $11 million. The totals listed are all domestic gross.
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