The Expendables 2 opened with about $28.75 million

HollywoodNews.com: It’s no real surprise that The Expendables 2 (review) opened with about 18% less this weekend ($28.75 million) than the first Expendables on this weekend in 2010 ($34 million). The Expendables (review) was a culmination of a good twenty years of ‘what-if’ anticipation. And while the final result was a little lacking, in that it was barely a good movie and most of the biggest action icons were either absent or had cameos, it was still enough of a wish-fulfillment fantasy to be a massive worldwide hit ($274 million on a $80 million budget).

Two years later, the sequel delivers on both the action front (lots more of it) and the A-level casting arena (Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger have expanded roles while Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme came to play) but that initial high is somewhat gone. Still, a $28 million debut, especially from Lionsgate, is nothing to sneeze at. This will still be their largest non-Saw/Tyler Perry opening outside of The Expendables and The Hunger Games and their tenth-biggest debut ever. Not only have we seen a pattern of lower opening weekends and domestic totals for sequels, but this is easily the kind of property that could have elicited a giant ‘no one cares anymore’ reaction after the somewhat underwhelming first film (I seem to be among the few who likes it).

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