Oct 102015


The first Expendables movie was great, the second wasn’t bad, but the third was awful. Either blame the dip in quality, or the fact the film was leaked on-line way before the official release date, but the third film was the worst performer in terms of box office returns.

The first film took $275 million in worldwide box office sales, while the sequel achieved just under with $268 million. The third film took much less with just $206 million, but a fourth film has now been confirmed by Variety.

The ending of The Expendables 3 left things open for another installment, but I hope to God it is not passed on to a younger bunch as the third film suggested, that truly would be disastrous. There is also talk of the fourth film being R-rated, since making the last film a PG-13 in the US made no difference in reaching a wider audience, and if anything put people off seeing the film. Because let’s face it, these sorts of films require a heavy dose of brutal action, as that is why we watch them.

Anyway, the report by Variety says that Nu Image/ Millennium Films have made a deal with Steven Paul’s SP International Pictures on behalf of SSXH Beijing and Max Screen Film Distribution, to distribute both The Expendables 4 and another action film called Security.

The deals cover equity investments in both films and provide Chinese distribution rights. Both movies may use China as a location for some scenes, though it is not expected that there will be enough Chinese elements for them to be considered as full co-productions.

China is an in-demand place for movies right now, and making deals there can make a lot of money. The reason China has been sought after for The Expendables 4 is that the Chinese box office returns doubled the US ticket sales for The Expendables 3, and made up a third of the worldwide box office sales. Chinese box office sales came to $78 million, while the US hauled in just $39.2 million.

“Expendables 4” will shoot in 2016 and be delivered in 2017. Neither director nor cast have yet been announced, though the picture is expected to have maintain its all-action star formula. It’s a given that Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Statham will return, but I wonder what new names will be added to the cast. It is to be produced on a budget of over $100 million.

“What seems to work in their favour in China, is that these movies are good old-fashioned shoot ’em up entertainment,” Paul told Variety.

Matt Wavish

Matt WavishA keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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