Often I am shocked by movie franchises that resemble a pink bunny banging on a drum in unending circles. Fast and Furious is a prime example. When I saw the Expendables 3 movie poster online, my head was shaking but my mouth was wide. Daggone, it’s just fun to look at the people Stallone threw together for that thing.
And they’re making another one? IMBD is my go-to site for info on actors, movies and TV shows. The Box Office box half way down the page noted that Ex 3 cost $ 90 million, made almost $16 mil the first weekend and went on to earn close to $40 mil domestically. That’s not the kind of math that screams “Make another one!”
Movies are big business, like Denali big, and you don’t continue a franchise that goes in the red. What I discovered from a site called the-numbers.com was that the worldwide box office for this 3rd Expendables was over $209 million. It’s not quite Harry Potter (8 movies -so far- costing $1.2 billion and making $7.7 billion), but it’s pretty darn respectable.
Any franchise you want to check out is listed on the site with simple graphs. I have to share a few tidbits.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has 18 movies that cost $2 billion to make and pulled in almost $9 billion so far. Listed by movie we see that The Avengers and The Avengers Age of Ultron did the best with each one costing about $2.5 million to make and bringing in over $1.3 billion each. Wow. Sure wish they’d throw a 1% of that at my nonprofit.
Another great discovery on the-numbers is the listing of upcoming additions to the franchise including among others Captain American: Civil War, Doctor Strange, and Black Panther. Now I’m too distracted to write more.
Wonder what the next couple X-Men movies will be?
Wait, there are 5 Underworld movies? When did I miss one?
Kristin King is an author, publisher, president of a nonprofit, and American expat living in Holland. She enjoys action movies and wishes she wrote better fight scenes. Her first book series, Begotten Bloods (BB), is paranormal romance/suspense. Twilight Series cost half a billion to make and grossed over $3 billion.