‘The Expendables 3’ May Open To Franchise Low, But Don’t Blame The Online Leak

The Expendables 3 is looking to have the worst opening for the franchise that features veteran action stars such as Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jet Li.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Expendables 3 had midnight premieres in 2,200 theaters nationwide, but it only gathered a total of $875,000. And, by the looks of it, the film may not cross the $20 million mark in its debut weekend.

2010’s Expendables earned $34.8 million during its opening weekend, while The Expendables 2 opened to $28.6 million in 2012. The first film had a worldwide total of $274.4 million, according to Box Office Mojo, and the second earned $305.4 million worldwide.

As The Inquisitr previously reported, a DVD-quality copy of The Expendables 3 leaked online weeks before its theatrical release. The film has been downloaded by 2.2 million people, and Lionsgate followed through with a temporary restraining order on six torrent sites and 10 users who were unnamed.

Many reports questioned how the leak may have a negative impact on the box office results for The Expendables 3. However, Business Insider columnist Brett Arnold said that while many studies have come to the conclusion that piracy can harm a film, it would be a “fool’s errand” to prove if that is entirely true.

“There are just as many articles citing the exact opposite as being true,” Arnold wrote.