The Expendables

The Expendables poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $103,068,524Details
International Box Office $165,199,650
Worldwide Box Office $268,268,174
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $50,006,537 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $24,308,053 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $74,314,590
Further financial details...

  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Synopsis

The only life they've known is war. The only loyalty they have is to each other. They are the Expendables: leader and mastermind Barney Ross, former SAS blade expert Lee Christmas, hand-to-hand combat specialist Yin Yang, long barrel weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitions expert Toll Road, and precision sniper Gunner Jensen. Living life in the fringes of the law, these hardened mercenaries take on what appears to be a routine assignment: a covert, CIA-funded operation to infiltrate the South American country of Vilena and overthrow its ruthless dictator General Garza. But when their job is revealed to be a suicide mission, the men are faced with a deadly choice, one that might redeem their souls...or destroy their brotherhood forever.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Upright
Critics
41% - Rotten
Audience
64% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$82,000,000
Domestic Releases: August 13th, 2010 (Wide) by Lionsgate
Video Release: November 23rd, 2010 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R For strong action and bloody violence throughout, and for some language.
(Rating bulletin 2126, 6/22/2010)
Franchise: The Expendables
Keywords: Mercenaries, Narcotics, Revenge, Relationships Gone Wrong, Romance, Hostage, Rescue, Intertitle, Secret Agent, Government Corruption, Pirates, Voiceover/Narration, Special Ops, Ensemble, Directing Yourself
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Action
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Nu Image, Millennium Films

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 3rd, 2012

The first Tuesday of the year is not a great time of year for new releases on the home market. It's an even worse time of year for critics, especially this year. With Christmas Day landing on the Sunday, many studios took the entire week off, so there are plenty of screeners that still haven't made it my way. (There is some good news here, as I was able to get caught up on all of the screeners that had previously arrived late.) A couple of these potential late arrivals are contenders for Pick of the Week, like Justified: Season Two - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray and Mildred Pierce - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. They also have competition from Contagion - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray, but in the end I gave that honor to The Guard - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray. More...

Featured Blu-ray Review: The Expendables: Extended Director's Cut

The Expendables is a film that was tailor made for fans of 1980s action films. It was one of most expensive films Lionsgate ever made, and fortunately for them, it was also one of their biggest hits and only the second film of theirs to reach $100 million domestically. A sequel was inevitable, but while fans waited for that, they were given an Extended Director's Cut Blu-ray. Is the film worth checking out? Is the extended cut the better movie? Is it worth the double-dip? More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for December 13th, 2011

It is a surprisingly strong week on the home market with two $100 million hits, Kung Fu Panda 2 on Blu-ray Combo Pack or Rise of the Planet of the Apes on Blu-ray, both of which are contenders for pick of the week. There are also several smaller releases that are also contenders for that title like The Guild: Season Five on DVD. But in the end, I gave that honor to Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame on Blu-ray. More...

DVD Sales: Color Pulling in the Green

Due to a mixture of weak holdovers and depth in the new releases, we had seven DVDs debut in the top 30 sales chart this week. This includes a new number one, For Colored Girls, which sold 517,000 units and generated $8.41 million in consumer spending at retail. More...

DVD Sales: People Staying Home with Social

While there were not many new releases on this week's sales chart, one of them, The Social Network, dominated the sales chart with 1.08 million units / $14.06 million during its opening week. More...

DVD Sales: Toys Retake Top Spot

It was the Thanksgiving long weekend recently and the sales numbers this week include Black Friday. It should come as no surprise that there was an uptick in sales this week, with a number of older releases seeing a massive jump. This includes Toy Story 3, which shot into top spot with 1.27 million units / $21.19 million for the week and 6.78 million / $124.60 million after a month. It is now the third-best-selling DVD of the year. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for November 23rd, 2010

This Friday is Black Friday, but there's a lull on the home market with not a whole lot of great releases. (This is the usual pattern for Thanksgiving.) The biggest hit coming out is The Expendables, which should top the chart, while there are a number of smaller releases that are in contention for Pick of the Week. The best of these is Metropolis: The Complete Metropolis, which comes out on Blu-ray this week after being released on DVD last week. More...

Milestones and Records

This weekend saw a new industry record set, with The Twilight Saga: Eclipse becoming the fifth film to earn $300 million in 2010 (full 2010 details here), beating the four movies that topped $300 million in 2007 (2007 details). The Expendables also became the 18th film of the year to reach $100 million at the box office, although that is off last year's record-setting pace. More...

International Box Office: Resident Evil not Going Anywhere

Resident Evil: Afterlife took top spot on the international chart. In fact, it dominated with $41.70 million on 3,935 screens in 33 markets for a total of $68.36 million worldwide. After just one weekend of release, the film is nearly halfway to catching up with Extinction for best in the franchise. It goes without saying that there will be another installment. Its biggest individual market was Japan, where it opened in first place with $13.27 million on 649 screens over the weekend and $15.58 million in total. It also took the top spot in Spain with an impressive $3.36 million on 488 screens, while it was a little softer in the U.K. with a chart topping opening of $2.61 million on 361 screens. On the other hand, it had to settle for second place in Italy with $1.72 million on 270 screens during its debut there. More...

Will Resident Evil be Good for the Box Office?

The weekend after Labor Day long weekend is often the worst weekend at the box office for the entire year. This time around there is only one wide release, Resident Evil: Afterlife, which will have no trouble topping the chart. In fact, it will be the only film to reach $10 million over the weekend. Will it do well enough to help 2010 keep pace with last year when there were four wide releases? More...

International Box Office: Double Milestone for Inception

It was a busy week for Inception, as it rose to top spot on the international chart and crossed two major milestones in the process: $400 million internationally and $700 million worldwide. Over the weekend, it earned $21.00 million on 7,785 screens in 61 markets for a total of $425.15 million internationally and $702.30 million worldwide. Much of this was due to its debut in China, where it placed first with $13.6 million. It has yet to open in Italy, but it will likely start falling off at an accelerated pace from now till its premiere in that market at the end of the month. More...

International Box Office: Expendables Remain Essential

The Expendables held on to top spot on the international chart with $24.70 million on 4823 screens in 38 markets for a total of $101.46 million after just three weeks of release. It had a few openings over the weekend, most notably in Germany where it placed third with $2.94 million on 531 screens. Meanwhile, it fell from first to fourth in the U.K., but still added $2.02 million on 453 screens over the weekend for a total of $10.52 million after two. With openings in Italy and Japan ahead, the film will have no trouble getting to $250 million worldwide, which is more than enough to ensure a profit. More...

Takers Take Top Spot

There was an upset at the box office with Takers pulling out a last minute win. However, it wasn't enough for the overall box office, as that sunk 12% from last weekend to $113 million. More importantly, it was down nearly 10% from last year. 2010 still has a $300 million lead over 2009 at $7.53 billion to $7.23 billion and I'm not concerned about the big picture, yet. More...

Not Quite the Last Weekend of Summer

The last weekend of summer is actually the Labor Day long weekend, which is next weekend. So that makes this weekend the penultimate weekend of summer, which is one of the worst weekends of the year to open a film. Last year was a bit of an exception with The Final Destination opening with $27.41 million. There's almost no chance The Last Exorcism will perform that well; in fact, if it matches Halloween 2's opening, I think the studio will be happy. More...

International Box Office: Expendables Explode on International Scene

Powered by openings in a trio of major markets, The Expendables climbed into top spot with $35.49 million on 4501 screens in 30 markets for a still early international total of $60.30 million. At this point, reaching $100 million internationally and $200 million worldwide is practically a given. The film's best opening of the weekend came from the U.K. where it debuted in the top spot with $6.08 million on 453 screens, while it was also triumphant in France with $4.75 million on 445 screens. On the other hand, it had to settle for fifth place in South Korea with $1.25 million on 298 screens over the weekend and $1.52 million in total. Next up for the film is Germany this weekend, while it opens in Italy next month and in Japan in October. More...

Expendables are Indispensable

If it wasn't for The Expendables, there would be very little good news to report this weekend. None of the five new releases were major hits at the box office, but on the other hand, none were complete bombs either and even the weakest of them had some reason for optimism. The overall box office was down 11% from last weekend to $128 million, but that was close to 1% higher than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2010 has a $300 million lead on 2009 at $7.36 billion to $7.05 billion. More...

Weekend Estimates: Expendables Beats Five Openers to Stay Top

Five openers with a decidedly end-of-Summer feel to them all posted so-so numbers this weekend, according to studio estimates released on Sunday morning, which left The Expendables as the weekend winner. The ensemble action movie was down 53% in its second weekend to $16.5 million and has now earned a respectable $64.89 million. Vampires Suck topped the openers with $12.2 million Friday to Sunday. The spoof movie is projected to finish the weekend with $18.56 million since its opening on Wednesday. Perhaps surprisingly, none of the openers has completely disastrous weekends. More...

Will Summer End With a Bang?

Five new releases should enter the top ten this weekend, including a few that at least have a reasonable chance at top spot. But there's also a reasonable chance that The Expendables will squeak out another win. Regardless, there's almost no chance the box office will keep up with last year's pace when Inglourious Basterds opened with nearly $40 million. We will be lucky if any film makes half of that this weekend. More...

International Box Office: Summer Slows But Blockbusters Still Reach Milestones

As the summer blockbuster season comes to a close, there are few major releases in theaters worldwide. Regardless, there are still a few major milestones being reached, and a few more to come. For instance, Inception maintained its hold in first place with $35.51 million on 6879 screens, in 61 markets, for a total of $320.44 million internationally. It also reached a major milestone worldwide with $568.91 million, making it just one of 78 films to reach $500 million. It is still going strong in a number of major markets, including Spain, where it remained in first place with $2.72 million on 497 screens over the weekend, for a total of $10.15 million after two. It was down just 22% in Brazil adding $1.56 million on 292 screens over the weekend and $4.43 million after two. Its best market overall is the U.K. where it has made $45.53 million after a month of release, including $2.62 million on 472 screens this past weekend. By this time next week, it should have $600 million worldwide, with $700 million becoming a lot more likely. More...

Summer Nearly Ends on the Per Theater Chart

One of the ways of telling when summer is over, is when the number one film on the overall box office chart doesn't top the $10,000 mark on the per theater chart. That didn't happen this weekend, but it came close, as The Expendables was the only film to earn better than $10,000 on the per theater chart, and it was close with an average of $10,650. More...

Expendables are Explosive, in a Good Way

Two of the three wide releases that opened this past weekend were able to score at the box office and that was enough to lift the total box office to $144 million. This was 8% higher than last weekend and 1% higher than the same weekend last year. Granted, that 1% improvement is well below the rate of inflation, but a win is a win. Year-to-date, 2010 has earned $7.15 billion compared to 2009's pace of $6.85 billion. As we transition into fall, we are in an excellent position to top $10 billion for the second year in a row and set yet another record. Granted, the lack of a Avatar-like megahit coming out could be an issue, but I think 2010 has built up enough of a lead that it won't prevent the yearly box office from reaching 10 digits. More...

Will Summer Give Us One Last Hit, or are the New Releases Expendable?

There are three wide releases this week, but fortunately they are all aimed at widely different audiences, which means they might all reach their potential. However, that potential might not be enough for the market as a whole to keep pace with last year. More...

2010 Preview: August

July started out rather well, and while there was a little weakness in the end, four films surpassed $100 million, and another could join them soon. That said, there don't appear to be any $100 million movies opening in August; in fact, there is a chance none will come close. Worse still, August of last year saw three $100 million movies open in the first three weeks. There's almost no chance that will happen this year, so 2010 will likely lose ground to 2009 in the yearly box office race. More...

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2010/08/13 1 $13,330,881   3,270 $4,077   $13,330,881 1
2010/08/14 1 $11,899,925 -11% 3,270 $3,639   $25,230,806 2
2010/08/15 1 $9,594,329 -19% 3,270 $2,934   $34,825,135 3
2010/08/16 1 $3,940,611 -59% 3,270 $1,205   $38,765,746 4
2010/08/17 1 $3,866,939 -2% 3,270 $1,183   $42,632,685 5
2010/08/18 2 $3,029,099 -22% 3,270 $926   $45,661,784 6
2010/08/19 1 $2,727,301 -10% 3,270 $834   $48,389,085 7
2010/08/20 1 $4,932,861 +81% 3,270 $1,509   $53,321,946 8
2010/08/21 1 $6,677,450 +35% 3,270 $2,042   $59,999,396 9
2010/08/22 1 $5,357,721 -20% 3,270 $1,638   $65,357,117 10
2010/08/23 1 $1,950,768 -64% 3,270 $597   $67,307,885 11
2010/08/24 1 $2,077,789 +7% 3,270 $635   $69,385,674 12
2010/08/25 1 $1,641,501 -21% 3,270 $502   $71,027,175 13
2010/08/26 1 $1,485,071 -10% 3,270 $454   $72,512,246 14
2010/08/27 3 $2,721,341 +83% 3,398 $801   $75,233,587 15
2010/08/28 3 $3,972,220 +46% 3,398 $1,169   $79,205,807 16
2010/08/29 3 $2,834,376 -29% 3,398 $834   $82,040,183 17
2010/08/30 3 $915,504 -68% 3,398 $269   $82,955,687 18
2010/08/31 4 $1,053,179 +15% 3,398 $310   $84,008,866 19
2010/09/01 5 $794,627 -25% 3,398 $234   $84,803,493 20
2010/09/02 5 $764,277 -4% 3,398 $225   $85,567,770 21
2010/09/03 6 $1,651,010 +116% 3,398 $486   $87,218,780 22
2010/09/04 5 $2,455,923 +49% 3,398 $723   $89,674,703 23
2010/09/05 4 $2,513,200 +2% 3,398 $740   $92,187,903 24
2010/09/06 4 $1,697,691 -32% 3,398 $500   $93,885,594 25
2010/09/07 5 $497,432 -71% 3,398 $146   $94,383,026 26
2010/09/08 6 $443,432 -11% 3,398 $130   $94,826,458 27
2010/09/09 6 $416,155 -6% 3,398 $122   $95,242,613 28
2010/09/10 8 $940,960 +126% 3,058 $308   $96,183,573 29
2010/09/11 8 $1,473,453 +57% 3,058 $482   $97,657,026 30
2010/09/12 6 $809,238 -45% 3,058 $265   $98,466,264 31
2010/09/13 7 $267,036 -67% 3,058 $87   $98,733,300 32
2010/09/14 7 $325,662 +22% 3,058 $106   $99,058,962 33
2010/09/15 7 $281,895 -13% 3,058 $92   $99,340,857 34
2010/09/16 7 $306,378 +9% 3,058 $100   $99,647,235 35
2010/09/17 13 $399,575 +30% 1,854 $216   $100,046,810 36
2010/09/18 12 $630,678 +58% 1,854 $340   $100,677,488 37
2010/09/19 12 $343,045 -46% 1,854 $185   $101,020,533 38
2010/09/20 13 $114,832 -67% 1,854 $62   $101,135,365 39
2010/09/21 13 $128,821 +12% 1,854 $69   $101,264,186 40
2010/09/22 13 $119,837 -7% 1,854 $65   $101,384,023 41
2010/09/23 - $121,943 +2% 1,854 $66   $101,505,966 42
2010/09/24 15 $164,028 +35% 852 $193   $101,669,994 43
2010/09/25 16 $258,033 +57% 852 $303   $101,928,027 44
2010/09/26 16 $142,020 -45% 852 $167   $102,070,047 45
2010/09/27 16 $51,850 -63% 852 $61   $102,121,897 46
2010/09/28 15 $56,799 +10% 852 $67   $102,178,696 47
2010/09/29 16 $51,376 -10% 852 $60   $102,230,072 48
2010/09/30 17 $54,986 +7% 852 $65   $102,285,058 49
2010/10/01 - $66,339 +21% 410 $162   $102,351,397 50
2010/10/02 - $105,614 +59% 410 $258   $102,457,011 51
2010/10/03 - $59,709 -43% 410 $146   $102,516,720 52
2010/10/04 - $21,540 -64% 410 $53   $102,538,260 53
2010/10/05 - $25,183 +17% 410 $61   $102,563,443 54
2010/10/06 - $22,490 -11% 410 $55   $102,585,933 55
2010/10/07 - $24,668 +10% 410 $60   $102,610,601 56
2010/10/08 - $35,769 +45% 225 $159   $102,646,370 57
2010/10/09 - $54,270 +52% 225 $241   $102,700,640 58
2010/10/10 - $34,253 -37% 225 $152   $102,734,893 59
2010/10/11 - $17,626 -49% 225 $78   $102,752,519 60
2010/10/12 - $12,869 -27% 225 $57   $102,765,388 61
2010/10/13 - $12,017 -7% 225 $53   $102,777,405 62
2010/10/14 - $13,790 +15% 225 $61   $102,791,195 63
2010/10/15 - $54,253 +293% 306 $177   $102,845,448 64
2010/10/16 - $82,088 +51% 306 $268   $102,927,536 65
2010/10/17 - $54,035 -34% 306 $177   $102,981,571 66
2010/10/18 - $20,289 -62% 306 $66   $103,001,860 67
2010/10/19 - $23,818 +17% 306 $78   $103,025,678 68
2010/10/20 - $21,978 -8% 306 $72   $103,047,656 69
2010/10/21 - $20,868 -5% 306 $68   $103,068,524 70

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2010/08/13 1 $34,825,135   3,270 $10,650   $34,825,135 3
2010/08/20 1 $16,968,032 -51% 3,270 $5,189   $65,357,117 10
2010/08/27 3 $9,527,937 -44% 3,398 $2,804   $82,040,183 17
2010/09/03 6 $6,620,133 -31% 3,398 $1,948   $92,187,903 24
2010/09/10 8 $3,223,651 -51% 3,058 $1,054   $98,466,264 31
2010/09/17 12 $1,373,298 -57% 1,854 $741   $101,020,533 38
2010/09/24 16 $564,081 -59% 852 $662   $102,070,047 45
2010/10/01 24 $231,662 -59% 410 $565   $102,516,720 52
2010/10/08 32 $124,292 -46% 225 $552   $102,734,893 59
2010/10/15 30 $190,376 +53% 306 $622   $102,981,571 66

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
11/28/201021,214,198 1,214,198$20,829,931$20,829,9311
12/5/20106344,637-72% 1,558,835$5,851,936$26,681,8672
12/12/20106214,253-38% 1,773,088$3,554,200$30,236,0673
12/19/201012200,575-6% 1,973,663$3,357,285$33,593,3524
12/26/201021167,466-17% 2,141,129$2,703,286$36,296,6385
1/2/201118138,508-17% 2,279,637$1,762,459$38,059,0976
1/9/20112165,584-53% 2,345,221$804,178$38,863,2757
1/16/20111561,200-7% 2,406,421$802,681$39,665,9568
1/23/20112040,593-34% 2,447,014$624,909$40,290,8659
1/30/20112732,262-21% 2,479,276$499,006$40,789,87110
2/6/20112443,592+35% 2,522,868$636,147$41,426,01811
2/13/20112451,496+18% 2,574,364$718,230$42,144,24812
2/20/201114166,650+224% 2,741,014$2,030,564$44,174,81113
3/20/20113018,621 2,824,733$276,982$45,398,87317
8/5/2012984,489 3,029,365$716,467$47,851,93789
8/12/20121538,884-54% 3,068,249$332,847$48,184,78490
8/19/20121140,257+4% 3,108,506$338,561$48,523,34691
8/26/20121436,039-10% 3,144,545$252,273$48,775,61992
9/2/20122224,462-32% 3,169,007$207,682$48,983,30193

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
11/28/20101508,892 508,892$10,172,751$10,172,7511
12/5/20105109,746-78% 618,638$2,193,825$12,366,5762
12/12/2010856,445-49% 675,083$1,100,109$13,466,6853
12/19/20101162,399+11% 737,482$1,231,750$14,698,4354
12/26/201013116,457+87% 853,939$2,005,397$16,703,8325
1/2/20115131,295+13% 985,234$1,733,099$18,436,9316
1/9/20111519,307-85% 1,004,541$250,792$18,687,7237
1/16/20111036,155+87% 1,040,696$498,211$19,185,9348
1/23/20111517,303-52% 1,057,999$265,606$19,451,5409
2/6/2011739,056 1,101,807$524,135$20,039,44711
2/13/2011644,656+14% 1,146,463$580,083$20,619,53012
2/20/20111029,998-33% 1,176,461$389,673$21,009,20313
2/27/20111523,055-23% 1,199,516$312,630$21,321,83314
3/13/20111513,745 1,218,726$192,293$21,590,58116
3/20/20111610,051-27% 1,228,777$140,609$21,731,19017
3/27/2011175,480-45% 1,234,257$76,669$21,807,85918
8/12/2012717,858 1,323,803$201,969$22,846,34990
8/19/20121114,238-20% 1,338,041$160,608$23,006,95791
8/26/20121511,251-21% 1,349,292$120,390$23,127,34792
11/25/20121299,767 1,477,251$778,186$24,125,426105

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Cast

Sylvester Stallone    Barney Ross
Jason Statham    Lee Christmas
Jet Li    Yin Yang
Terry Crews    Hale Caesar
Randy Couture    Toll Road
Dolph Lundgren    Gunnar Jensen
Giselle Itie    Sandra
Eric Roberts    James Monroe
David Zayas    General Garza
Steve Austin    Paine
Mickey Rourke    Tool
Charisma Carpenter    Lacy

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Sylvester Stallone
Screenwriter    David Callaham
Screenwriter    Sylvester Stallone
Story Creator    David Callaham
Producer    Avi Lemer
Producer    John Thomson
Producer    Kevin King-Templeton
Executive Producer    Danny Dimbort
Executive Producer    Trevor Short
Executive Producer    Boaz Davidson
Executive Producer    Les Weldon
Executive Producer    Jon Feltheimer
Executive Producer    Jason Constantine
Executive Producer    Eda Kowan
Executive Producer    Basil Iwanyk
Executive Producer    Guymon Casady
Co-Producer    Robert Earl
Co-Producer    Matt O'Toole
Cinematographer    Jeffrey Kimball
Editor    Ken Blackwell
Editor    Paul Harb
Composer    Brian Tyler
Production Designer    Franco-Giacomo Carbone
Supervising Art Director    Drew Boughton
Supervising Art Director    Scott Plauche
Art Director    Andy Rhodes
Set Decorator    Bob Gould
Sound Mixer    Paul Ledford
Supervising Sound Editor    Christopher Eakins
Re-recording Mixer    Chris David
Re-recording Mixer    Gabriel J. Serrano
Visual Effects Supervisor    Wes C. Caefer
Stunt Coordinator    Chad Stahelski
Associate Producer    J. Celester Salzer
Assistant Director    Richard Fox
Second Unit Director    Spiro Razatos
Second Unit Camera    Matthew F. Leonetti
Casting Director    Deborah Aquila
Casting Director    Tricia Wood

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