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Sylvester Stallone is giving an update on’ The Expendables 3″, saying he’s writing the script now. He says there will be “new blood” ages 22-27 and some women who aren’t sex symbols, but “real”. No surprise he’s working on the script. Stallone, Arnold, Jason Statham and Bruce Willis all bombed this year with “Bullet to the Head”, “The Last Stand”, “Parker” and “A Good Day to Die Hard”. Jackie Chan is in talks to join the cast.

Who should some of the new blood be? I realize these actors aren’t in their 20s, but I’d probably say Vin Diesel, Mark Wahlberg, Jeremy Renner, Gina Carano, Michelle Rodriguez and maybe someone like a Tom Hardy or (this would be ironic) Chris Hemsworth.

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Another weekend, another action film, another action star. Can Dwayne Johnson break the bad streak?

So far this year, we’ve seen Arnold with “The Last Stand”, Jason Statham with “Parker”, Sylvester Stallone with “Bullet to the Head” and, to a degree, Bruce Willis with “A Good Day to Die Hard:” all underperform by a significant margin. Up next is Dwayne Johnson, who has a movie coming out for the next three months as well, with “Snitch”. This isn’t a straight up action film, however, and is based on a true story. It probably has more in line with “Broken City”, which starred Mark Wahlberg, though that film bombed as well. Still, Johnson is a hot commodity right now. And the lack of a strong new film means this one will open at No. one, though it’s hard to see this film really breaking out.

Opening weekend: $18-20 million

“Dark Skies” is the only other new wide release this weekend. The film has a decent cast, including  Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett and J.K. Simmons, but the fact that it wasn’t screened for critics makes you think this is just another terrible horror film. The studio’s clearly hoping young adults will check it out on Friday before bad word of mouth spreads.

Opening weekend: $10-12 million

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Presidents Day weekend is here. John Mclane is back. How big will “A Good Day to Die Hard” open?

I got to be honest. I was skeptical of this film. And, if you come back and read my review later this weekend, you’ll find out if I had good reason. Anyways it’s been half a decade since “Live Free or Die Hard” came out. That one earned more than $130 million so it seemed like a no brainer that Bruce Willis would come back. This time he’s paired with his son Jack (Jai Courtney). But things have changed.

We’ve had three bona fide flops in “The Last Stand”, “Parker” and “Bullet to the Head”. This one should avoid the same fate because of its brand, but this won’t open nearly as big or finish with nearly the amount of money the last Die Hard made. It’ll finish on top easily, but don’t expect this one to be a huge hit. It’ll be more in line with “DareDevil”.

Holiday weekend: $40-45 million

Next up is “Save Haven” starring  Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, David Lyons and Cobie Smulders. All I have to say is it’s based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. Won’t be as big as say “The Vow”, but it’ll have a solid opening, especially cause of Valentines Day coming so close.

Holiday weekend: $20-25 million

Finally is “Beautiful Creatures” starring Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann and Emma Thompson. It’s hoping to become the next “Twilight” but doesn’t have the same appeal or buzz.

Holiday weekend: $10-15 million

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“A Good Day to Die Hard”, which once again stars Bruce Willis, is about to hit theaters. And while “Live Free or Die Hard” was a financial hit, could this installment be in some big trouble? Normally I’d say no. It’s an iconic franchise whose popularity hasn’t waned. And yet, in the wake of Sylvester Stallone’s “Bullet to the Head” and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “The Last Stand” both tanking, one has to wonder: Are audiences fed up with aging action stars?

I know that “The Expendables” and “The Expendables 2” were both successful. But even the sequel, though it earned $85 million, was quite a bit off from the first film. And as Arnold and Sly showed, perhaps action stars who are older making quips about their age are just not the way to go these days. The one exception to this rule seems to be Liam Neeson with hits like “Taken”. But if you think about it, Neeson doesn’t bring up his age in any of his films. And we accept him in his role, I think, because we can see him as an experienced person who has acquired a lot of skills through the years.

This leads me to “A Good Day to Die Hard”. Willis is an action star, there’s no question. But bringing in a younger character usually doesn’t work out in a series. And frankly, Willis is getting up there in age, almost to the point where audiences think, really? He can still do all that? It also doesn’t help that the films are essentially live action cartoons these days. At least “Taken” worked as a believable thriller to a degree. After three straight action film bombs, one has to wonder if the new Die Hard film will suffer a similar fate? With younger action stars like Vin Diesel and the Rock and even Channing Tatum to a degree heating up the screen and comic book films still dominating the box office every year, perhaps the old model of a straight up action flick with a big name just doesn’t sell anymore. People don’t want to see forgettable films like that anymore. They want an experience, something big, bold and grand and with actors that people don’t think should be thinking about social security instead of kicking some butt.

The true test of whether audiences are growing tired of this will be with “A Good Day to Die Hard”. If it fails, or shows some significant signs of fatigue, it could be a big sign that audiences want more than just an aging star cracking age jokes and trying to be like they were in their 30s.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

The zombie romance movie “Warm Bodies” took the top spot easily, earning $20 million for the weekend. It was the only film last weekend to gross over $10 million. Sylvester Stallone’s “Bullet to the Head” tanked with $4.5 million.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Warm Bodies” and “Bullet To The Head” take on the Super Bowl. Will either be successful?

“Warm Bodies” will take the weekend. It’s had a strong marketing campaign that’s portraying this as a funny, unique take on the zombie film. The film features rising stars Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class”) and Teresa Palmer (“I Am Number Four”) as well as John Malkovich and Rob Corddry. I think the film won’t have the broad appeal that would allow it to really break out, but an opening near $20 million is well within reach.

Opening weekend: $18-20 million

After Arnold’s “The Last Stand” and Jason Statham’s “Parker” bombed, Sylvester Stallone takes his turn with “Bullet To The Head”. Looks like another generic action film. Not to mention it’ll be  incredibly front loaded as its target audience will be watching the 49ers and Ravens on Sunday.

Opening weekend: $7-9 million

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.