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Box-Office: ‘Ninja Turtles’ Repeats At #1, ‘Expendables 3,’ ‘The Giver’ & ‘Let’s Be Cops’ All Flop

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 17, 2014 12:53 PM
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  • 8 Comments
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Let’s recap since we didn’t really do a proper box-office report last weekend (aside from this brief report). Despite middling reviews, and tepid online buzz, Platinum Dunes’ “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot surprised everyone with a $65 million debut weekend that took the #1 slot and prevented Marvel’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy” from claiming the top slot for two weeks in a row. Clearly some members of the population (maybe kids with less bias) were more than happy to 'shell' over their money for ‘TMNT.’ Marvel’s ‘Guardians’ wasn’t able to repeat at #1 like many expected, but it hasn't mattered much. The movie took only 15 days to hit the $200 million mark which is the fastest film to hit that milestone in 2014.

Review: 'The Expendables 3' Starring Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes And Antonio Banderas

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 14, 2014 9:05 AM
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The Expendables 3
The conceit behind the Sylvester Stallone-led "The Expendables" franchise has thus far been niftier than the resulting movies: take a bunch of iconic, past-their-prime action stars from the eighties heyday of macho filmmaking, put them together, lob some old age jokes their way, add excessive gunplay and heat well. All the elements for a good time are there, but the first two movies in the franchise sagged and swayed, faltering under sloppy direction, limp scripts and a staggering lack of style. Thankfully, notes have been taken, problems have been addressed, and "The Expendables 3," while far from an ironclad masterpiece, is probably as enjoyable as this genre can get.

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Expendables 3,' Lionsgate Sues Torrent Sites Over Movie Leak

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2014 3:15 PM
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Expendables 3
It looks like the biggest battle over "The Expendables 3" won't be happening with the aging action stars in Sylvester Stallone's upcoming movie. Instead, it will be with lawyers in courtrooms, as following the leak of the movie online, Lionsgate is basically telling torrent sites, "You better lawyer up, because we're coming for everything."

'The Expendables 3' Leaks Online 3 Weeks Ahead Of Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2014 1:34 PM
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Expendables 3
Get ready for the debate over piracy to once again rear its head. Back in 2009, a work print (that turned out to be not all that different than the released version) of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" leaked online almost a month ahead of its release, and whether or not it damaged the box office is still up for debate. Despite Fox claiming the pirated copy was viewed 4.5 million times (which doesn't necessarily mean those people would've bought a ticket instead), the movie still opened to a massive $85 million at the box office and did pretty well overall considering how badly it was reviewed. Did it help, hurt or make no difference? Well get ready to see how this next bit of news is spun.

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Expendables 3' Reloads

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2014 8:35 AM
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Expendables 3
"The Expendables 3" certainly isn't lacking in action firepower bringing together Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Ronda Rousey, Kelsey Grammer and Kellan Lutz to kick various kinds of butt and explode things in the latest (and apparently) final franchise entry. But one person you'll never see pal around with Stallone and co? Steven Seagal. "I just (don’t) like some of the people involved. Life is too short to work with funny people," he told The Big Issue. Okay then, but we're pretty sure Sly isn't too worried about it.

New Summer Blockbuster Photos: ‘Godzilla,’ ‘Guardians of The Galaxy,’ ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 28, 2014 1:01 PM
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Godzilla
Summer is here and the time is right for dancing in the streets...or going to see big, sometimes senseless blockbusters. In case you missed our summer preview—Our 40 Most Anticipated Films—the list is right here. We’ve mixed indie and tentpoles together because, well, we have omnivorous tastes. But let’s face it, the summer blockbuster does tend to take over and overwhelm the movie narrative during the months of May to August.

Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford & More Get Armed In New Pics From 'The Expendables 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2014 12:29 PM
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The Expendables 3
Well, here's a movie that won't be playing Cannes or coming anywhere near it: "The Expendables 3." It's not high art, and these things are barely movies at all, but they do have explosions and old dudes causing those explosions and that's all some folks need.

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Expendables 3' Gives A Fresh Roll Call, Plus 16 New Character posters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2014 3:12 PM
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The Expendables 3, Stallone
This summer, you're get a movie in which Kellan Lutz is considered as much of an action star as Arnold Schwarzenegger. Welcome the strange world of "The Expendables 3," a franchise which has morphed from "let's celebrate the action olds!" to "who can we get to up the irony factor?"

Watch: First Teaser Trailer For 'The Expendables 3' Whistles Online

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2013 12:58 PM
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The Expendables 3 Trailer (skip crop)
While the line between irony and earnest action franchise continues to blur with each successive entry, "The Expendables 3" is doing what all sequels must: getting bigger. The cast is larger, the stakes are probably relatively higher and we're sure the insurance premiums would make an actuary faint. All this to say: the first teaser trailer is here.

Kelsey Grammer Takes Nicolas Cage's Role In 'The Expendables 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2013 7:58 PM
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Who would've though that one day, the guy who was best known for playing the neurotic Dr. Frasier Crane on not one, but two long-running hit sitcom series would become a franchise regular? Well, it looks like that's the odd career path being taken by one Kelsey Grammer. Already lined up with a bad guy role in "Transformers: Age Of Extinction," now he's gonna be flexing his (newly found?) muscles with Sylvester Stallone and his band of beef jerky enthusiasts.

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