During what is expected to be the worst weekend for theater ticket sales so far this year, Consumables 4 earned $8.3 million in its opening weekend, representing the worst opening for a film in Jason Statham’s franchise. It was narrowly defeated by The Nun IIwhich continues its reign at the September box office.
The Lionsgate and Millennium’s Consumables 4which was financed by Millennium, played in 3,400 theaters and was estimated to earn $15 million before entering the weekend.
It is the first entry in the franchise in almost a decade, following 2014’s The Expendables 3. That film grossed $15.8 million in its opening weekend and went on to earn a total of $214 million at the worldwide box office. The 2010 franchise starter opened with $35 million and 2014 opened with $28 million. The first three Consumables Outings have collectively grossed an impressive $800 million at the global box office.
Sylvester Stallone and Statham return to the blow-em-up franchise, along with alumni Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture. The film’s official synopsis reads: “The Expendables are the world’s last line of defense and the team called when all other options are off the table. But new team members with new styles and tactics are going to give ‘new blood’ a whole new meaning.” Megan Fox, 50 Cent, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Jacob Scipio and Levy Tran are among the newcomers to the series, along with Andy Garacia.
Topping Consumables 4 is a box office holdover from New Line/Warner’s The Nun II, which added a projected $8.4 million in its third weekend for a year-to-date domestic run of nearly $70 million. Worldwide, the film will cross the $200 million mark with an international gross of $20.8 million.
Other remnants include Disney’s A ghost tour in Venice. The latest installment in Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie-inspired film series has grossed $25 million after its second weekend in theaters, where it grossed $6.3 million. The film has grossed $71 million worldwide.
In fourth place is Denzel Washington Equalizer 3which earned $4.7 million and earned $80 million at the domestic box office. Barbie rounded out the top five, adding $3.2 million during its ten week of release. The Greta Gerwig-directed feature now has a worldwide gross of $1.41 billion, with $630 million coming from the domestic box office.
Elsewhere, Sony continued to roll out Stupid money in a limited release, expanded from eight theaters to 616 locations for a projected cume of $2.8 million over two weekends.
Me, Tonya filmmaker Craig Gillespie directed the R-rated comedy-drama about the GameStop stock market story that took the news cycles by storm during the COVID-19 pandemic (and inspired several Hollywood projects in the process). Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Shailene Woodley and Pete Davidson are among the stars of the ensemble cast.
The domestic box office is weathering weeks of poor performance, with fall’s buzzy awards movies and the highly anticipated Taylor Swift Eras concert film still in the offing. Of course, Hollywood’s biggest focus this weekend probably isn’t on what’s happening in theaters. Instead, all eyes are on the AMPTP and WGA as they continue their negotiations to end a historic strike that has lasted some 145 days, studio sources say. THR that the AMPTP has presented their “best and final” offer.