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"Expendables 3," "Giver" Score Soft Previews

By Garth Franklin Friday August 15th 2014 11:34AM

"The Expendables 3″ pulled in around $875,000 at the box office for Thursday night previews. Those numbers are almost exactly on par with the $870,000 from the first film's Thursday night screenings.

It's better than the $685,000 the second film scored, but that film only had midnight shows whereas "The Expendables 3" started at 7pm. Estimates are the new film will pull in $23-25 million.

The film adaptation of Lois Lowry's young adult novel "The Giver" opened to $750,000 in preview screenings last night as well, and is on track for a $15 million opening weekend.

Both films are going head to head this weekend with the R-rated comedy "Let's Be Cops" which opened on Wednesday and pulled in $8.4 million through that period and is expected to score $20 million over the next three days.

Reviews for all three have not been good. On Metacritic, "Let's Be Cops" sits at 28/100, "The Expendables" is at 36/100 (compared to 45 & 51 for the first two), and "The Giver" is at 46/100.

Source: Variety

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