Following Andrew's post, I see no reason as to why EX3 won't open to huge business on August 15, 2014. It currently is the only major film slated to open on that date. There may a smaller film added at some point, but no blockbuster competition. The week before, The Hundred-Foot Journey and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles open. TMNT may open solid, but that is a different age bracket. The week after, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For opens. The first Sin City opened to $29 Million, so the sequel could cut into EX3 numbers a bit.
EX1 opened with $34 Million, while EX2 opened with $28 Million. With the unbelievable cast they got, EX3 should open at least $35 Million, hopefully even $40 Million. If we want an EX4, we need it to hit well over $300 Million worldwide. And I think it will. Too much talent involved for it not to.
Patrick Hughes is new, but Red Hill is a great little flick. Stallone will guide him, as always, to get his vision on screen. Peter Menzies, Jr. is their DP. He has shot films such as Shooter, Die Hard With a Vengeance, and the Incredible Hulk. Don Bradley is their Second Unit Director. He is one of the best in the business....and they are lucky to have him. He has worked films such as the last 3 Bourne movies, Quantum of Somace, M:I-Ghost Protocol, and many others.
Don't forget the great cast additions. Harrison Ford....Mel Gibson.....who ever thought you would get both of those guys in an EX movie? Plus Banderas, Snipes, Schwarzenegger, and whoever pops up.
EX3 is gonna be epic! It opens in 50 short weeks from today.