Sylvester Stallone’s John J. Rambo makes his return to the big screen this month with Rambo: Last Blood, and according to tracking estimates the fifth installment in the iconic action franchise is set to top the U.S. box office this month with an opening weekend of between $21-24 million.
Not accounting for inflation, that would deliver a series best for the Rambo franchise – a record currently held by Rambo: First Blood Part II which opened with $20.1 million back in 1985 (or $48 million in today’s money). 1982’s First Blood launched the series with an opening weekend of $6.8 million, with Rambo III debuting with $14 million in 1988 and 2008’s Rambo pulling in $18.2 million.
Last Blood opens alongside the Brad Pitt sci-fi Ad Astra and the Downton Abbey movie, which are tracking first weekends of $17.5-$19 million and $15-16 million respectively.
Almost four decades after he drew first blood, Sylvester Stallone is back as one of the greatest action heroes of all time, John Rambo. Now, Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission. A deadly journey of vengeance, RAMBO: LAST BLOOD marks the last chapter of the legendary series.
Rambo: Last Blood is directed by Adrian Grunberg (Get the Gringo) and sees Sylvester Stallone joined in the cast by Paz Vega (The OA), Sergio Peris-Mencheta (Snowfall), Adriana Barraza (The Strain), Yvette Monreal (Faking It), Oscar Jaenada (The Shallows) and Joaquin Cosio (Narcos: Mexico). The film opens on September 20th.
via Flickering Myth