"Expend4bles," directed by Scott Waugh, is an upcoming action sequel facing potential underperformance

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The film's release date is set for September 22

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Opening weekend prospects for the movie are not promising, with predictions of lower earnings compared to a similar film, "The Equalizer 3"

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"Expend4bles" is estimated to earn between $13 million and $18 million during its domestic opening weekend

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Despite being an action film, "Expend4bles" is expected to earn less than a horror movie, "The Nun II," during its debut

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The highest-grossing domestic opening within the franchise's history was achieved by "The Expendables" in 2010, with earnings of $34.8 million

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The franchise's earlier films focused on international markets for revenue rather than the United States

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"Expend4bles" needs to surpass the $15.9 million earned by "The Expendables 3" to avoid having the weakest opening in the series

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The absence of key "big names" from the earlier films, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, and others, is affecting the new film's potential success

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"Expend4bles" faces limited competition upon release, but it needs a strong opening weekend before the release of "Saw X" on September 29

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