Reports from USA Today reveal that The Expendables 4, featuring Jason Statham and Sylvester Stallone, had an underwhelming opening weekend, earning only $8.3 million against its reported production budget of $100 million. In contrast, Statham’s other movie, Meg 2: The Trench, is performing admirably, having already grossed nearly $400 million since its release on August 4. Despite earning $19 million internationally, The Expendables 4 has struggled compared to previous installments and has been panned by critics, receiving a measly 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite rumors of Statham’s character taking over as the lead for future sequels, the franchise’s financial future remains uncertain. It is essential to note that while the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes is relatively high at 71%, the box office numbers do not reflect this.
Following Sylvester Stallone’s exit from The Expendables movie franchise, Jason Statham’s character, Lee Christmas, is now a potential lead for future films. However, the continuation of the series will depend on the financial success of the latest installment. Despite criticisms of the CGI effects, violence, and plot in The Expendables 4, producers are hopeful for a fifth movie if a compelling script is produced, taking into account Statham’s star power. With over $800 million earned to date, producers have expressed their willingness to keep making movies as long as fans remain interested. While Stallone’s departure marks a change in direction for the franchise, it doesn’t necessarily imply that The Expendables is coming to an end anytime soon.