‘Expendables’ Loses Ground To ‘Turtles,’ ‘Guardians’
The muscles may still be pumped, but old-school action heroes aren’t aging well at the box office. The crew of The Expendables 3, the third film in the Sylvester Stallone blow-everything-up franchise, couldn’t muster an explosive opening weekend, bowing to two reigning hits and a fellow newcomer. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had a second consecutive win at the box office with $28.4 million, according to studio estimates from ticket sales firm Rentrak. The heroes in a half shell rolled past the $100 million mark while also holding off strong competition from Guardians of the Galaxy’s $24.7 million. Marvel Studios’ superhero space opera currently stands at No. 6 on 2014’s overall box-office chart with $222 million.
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