“The Expendables 2” Should Easily Top The Box Office This Weekend

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Today, Friday sees the release of the muscle-tastic “Expendables 2,” which reunites pretty much every action hero ever in the ultimate revenge rampage.

Starring Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth and Bruce Willis, the Expendables reconvene on a mission to Bulgaria to stop Jean Vilain (Jean Claude Van Damme) from selling plutonium.

You may recall the first Expendables movie — which proved nostalgia is alive and well by grossing $274 million worldwide — when Stallone and Jason Statham led a team of virile but aged mercenaries to risk their lives for a young woman they’d barely met.

This time around they’re just as improbably aiming to take revenge on a fiendish European villain (who’s even called Vilain, and played as an out-and-out bad guy by Jean-Claude Van Damme).

He has murdered one of Stallone’s younger chums (Liam Hemsworth), a handsome sniper whose demise is foreshadowed so many times that his death comes as a relief.

“The Expendables 2” is expected to easily top the box-office charts this weekend, with strong ticket sales of $35 million to $40 million, slightly higher than the $34.8-million opening of the first “Expendables” film two years ago.