Expendables 2's Strong Overseas Box Office Makes Case for Expendables 3

The Expendables 2

With “The Expendables 2” underperforming at the box office in the States despite significantly better critics reviews and an A- Cinemascore, the planned third film was in jeopardy of not happening.

That would be disappointing because the second film, with Simon West replacing Sylvester Stallone at the helm, was better than the first. The action sequences were more elaborate and thrilling, the laughs were plentiful, and Van Damme made a great villain.

It’s a mystery why the second film didn’t do better. So far, it has only generated $81.3M at the box office and will have trouble reaching $90M. The first film did $103M. Box office analysts had their theories on the lower revenue. I’m putting my chips on the Aurora shooting, especially since “The Expendables 2” is a pretty violent film.

Thanks to foreign audiences though, the third film is probably secured.

According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, “The Expendables 2” has grossed $186M overseas, of which, $40M is from China. They better make sure Jet Li returns for the third film. That’s already $15M ahead of the first film, and it’s still playing.

Worldwide, it has accumulated $267.3M. The first film did $274.4M. In another week, the second film will easily overtake that figure.

Now, we can get back to reading rumors about which aging action star will be joining “The Expendables 3.” Clint Eastwood said he’s out, but the fading Nicolas Cage is in. It’ll be a good film for him. He’s dangerously close to going direct-to-video. “Stolen,” also directed by West, only managed to get a limited release last weekend.

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