BOX OFFICE: Arnold Schwarzenegger's THE LAST STAND Flops In North America

BOX OFFICE: Arnold Schwarzenegger's THE LAST STAND Flops In North America

Despite it marking Arnold Schwarzenegger's seemingly highly anticipated return to the big screen, Jee-woon Kim's The Last Stand has flopped at the North American box office with an estimated 4-day weekend total of a paltry $6.6 million. Read on for details!

Despite a 'B' CinemaScore from audiences, Jee-woon Kim's The Last Stand has failed to make any sort of significant impact at the North American box office. Released in time for the long Martin Luther King holiday weekend, the action movie marked Arnold Schwarzenegger's return as a leading man to the big screen and also features the likes of Johnny Knoxsville (Jackass) and Jaimie Alexander (Thor). The film opened to only $1.9 million on Friday and looks likely to gross less than $6.6 million for the weekend, possibly even less. That meant it only managed to reach NINTH place in the Top 10. "Nobody wants to see Arnold," a rival studio exec told Deadline yesterday. Guillermo Del Toro's Mama took the top spot with a predicted $30.5 million for the 4-day weekend.

Action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his much-anticipated return to the big screen in Korean director Kim Jee-woon’s hard-hitting US directorial debut, THE LAST STAND. After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy. With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow.


Arnold Schwarzenegger as Sheriff Ray Owens
Rodrigo Santoro as Deputy Frank Martinez
Zach Gilford as Deputy Jerry Bailey
Forest Whitaker as Agent John Bannister
Genesis Rodriguez as Agent Ellen Richards
Johnny Knoxville as Lewis Dinkum
Jaimie Alexander as Sarah Torrance
Luis Guzmán as Mike Figuerola
Peter Stormare as Burrell
Eduardo Noriega as Gabriel Cortez


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Josh Wilding
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Filed Under "Action" 1/19/2013 Source: Deadline
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marvel72 - 1/19/2013, 5:26 PM
not surprised arnie was a big box office draw in the 80s & some of the 90s,now he is an out of shape has been.
wallhead - 1/19/2013, 5:39 PM
Soo soo sad
jimpinto24 - 1/19/2013, 5:40 PM
Terrible shame!
SuperDude001 - 1/19/2013, 5:43 PM
Haven't seen it yet (well it isn't even out here in the UK). To be honest I want to see it but I expected not many would. It just seems Arnie is trying to be the same action-hero he was years ago, rather than doing something like Willis where his character commonly refer to and are built to the idea they're aging.
AmazingFantasy - 1/19/2013, 5:44 PM
Washed up old man.

What happened...
animeex - 1/19/2013, 5:44 PM
Not surprised. Maybe they should rename it Last Try. Just kidding.
SuperDude001 - 1/19/2013, 5:45 PM
Also the plot seems kinda crap. Fun, but no room for depth.
ManofSteel23 - 1/19/2013, 5:45 PM
Nobody wants to see Johnny Knoxsville in an arnie movie,i sure don't
JordanKing - 1/19/2013, 5:45 PM
He shouldn't of come back.
MisterMagurlypse - 1/19/2013, 5:47 PM
A horror movie in the middle of January beat the return of the almighty Ahnold! Ha!
Not only beat but, dare I say terminated.
nld3 - 1/19/2013, 5:48 PM
I heard it has uncharacteristic gore in it for an Arnold movie & that didn't even work!
ManofSteel23 - 1/19/2013, 5:48 PM
The trailer just looks like it just selling itself with arnie and guns,doesn't work like that anymore! Lol
ForeverPowerful - 1/19/2013, 5:56 PM
Yikes. Too bad, Arnie is coming back too. Not like its going to slow him down, he's unstoppable. Looking forward to seeing this, his future films, and his inevitable reapperance in The Expendables 3.
Kyos - 1/19/2013, 5:57 PM
Well, I'm not planning to see it when it opens here. All in all no big surprise, althiugh I wouldn't have guessed it'd start that bad.
KeefNCookies - 1/19/2013, 6:02 PM
Is anybody really surprised? I know there are SOME people that still wanna see Arnold but anybody who does definitely does not have their mind intact. Finally, something happens that makes sense (unlike another Conan with Arnold).
TerminalVoyd - 1/19/2013, 6:05 PM
It probably would have helped if the studio marketing machine got behind this one a little bit, particularly playing up the triumphant return of Arnold to the screen. Yeah, Maid-Gate might have mitigated the effect of that a bit, but the effort and a few more mea culpas might have made a dent.

Fact is, it wasn't a very high profile project, and Arnold was just not in a position to elevate it under the current circumstances. It needed that extra push and it just wasn't there. Guess it's gonna be a slow climb back.
Darkhaven - 1/19/2013, 6:15 PM
It's the middle of January and people today are much less of action fans than people back in the day. It's all the skinny jeans, non-prescription glasses and body glitter they wear now.

Also, I wish I could have something I made "only" make 6.6 million bucks in a few days time.
yingyangpalms - 1/19/2013, 6:16 PM
This film was a huge tactical error on his part. If you're trying to come back to films after 10 years of wasted time being Governor, you need to do supporting roles, guest star spots in some big films, not crap like "Expendables 2".
He shouldve tried to land parts in flicks like Bruce Willis did in "Gi Joe 2", or even comedies similar to "Jump Street".
Hes 60+, hasnt headlined a film for a decade, and jumps into this lame Sheriff in a small town crap.

Thats alot going against him as much has changed since the 90's. 9-11, CGI, 3-D and now most people dont look at "COPs" as the "good guys".

If he had stopped trying to be the "hero" and played a bad guy, aging tyrant Sheriff, who brutally kills his enemies, rapes women, murders entire families and faces off against some younger opponent, that film might have done 15-20 million this weekend.
edmundo - 1/19/2013, 6:17 PM
I saw this movie after a few geritol shots and wearing my Depends. Mad me feel like Arnold
DCjohnny - 1/19/2013, 6:23 PM
I knew it will be a flop ....
DCjohnny - 1/19/2013, 6:23 PM
ill rent this movie
damntree - 1/19/2013, 6:37 PM
I wouldn't even pirate this movie.
syman404 - 1/19/2013, 6:42 PM
A small town sheriff with a retard as his sidekick? How could that fail?... Oh right, it's a ridiculous concept that has already been done, with the same sidekick. Fail.
Pharaoh - 1/19/2013, 6:46 PM
I'll 100% be checkin this out soon as I get chance to, Arnie was awesome in Expedables 2 he stole the show with his performance which given the talent it had is no easy task. The problem is studios in general have virtually no clue how to Market their movies regardless of it's quality just look at Dredd

localman22 - 1/19/2013, 6:46 PM
Even huge Ah-nold fans have been saying that this film isn't very good. Add that to the fact that a lot of his "older" fans may have been turned off by his bad behavior, and it was a sure-fire flop.
GreenHalJordan - 1/19/2013, 6:53 PM
It does not have a good marketing team imo.
Ranger14 - 1/19/2013, 6:54 PM
Johnny Knoxville and Arnold teamed up is just a recipe for failure.

"Arnie was awesome in Expedables 2 he stole the show with his performance"

Seriously? Is that the punchline? To each their own, but I had to read the whole sentence a number of times just to make sure I didn't misread something. Arnold and "stealing a show with his performance" is way too out there for me to even comprehend. :-P
CharacterAssassin - 1/19/2013, 7:06 PM
Considering I've only seen 1 promotional trailer played on tv since yesterday for this movie and a message/ad in my gmail mail account. Who wouldn't expect it to be a flop? If it weren't for those two I would have never known this movie existed other than coming to this CBM site.
TerminalVoyd - 1/19/2013, 7:11 PM
What's really sad is that this movie is getting decent "action movie" reviews. And let us not forget the beauty that is Jaimie Alexander appearing in this. Alas, too little, too late.
Jollem - 1/19/2013, 7:18 PM
i'll catch a matinee. i'm expecting 'splosions and one-liners. everyone likes 'splosions and one-liners
marvel72 - 1/19/2013, 7:20 PM
it had a budget of $30,000,000 it should get that back at least when it gets released in europe.
CoolantTech - 1/19/2013, 7:24 PM
Good.. Bullet to the head should fail miserably as well somebody should just tell these old no-acting farts their time is up, only your acting skills can preserve you as an actor as you get older, because good looks fade over time
CaptainAmerica31 - 1/19/2013, 7:27 PM
Stan lee has reportedly past away
CaptainAmerica31 - 1/19/2013, 7:30 PM
Stan lee is still alive, Stan the Musial died I guess?
LAXtremest - 1/19/2013, 7:40 PM
I thought this movie looked like complete shit. So I was surprised to see it was getting decent reviews.
Jollem - 1/19/2013, 7:41 PM
@CoolantTek - i think it's funny that there are no action stars today like these old farts. who do we have currently? karl urban, jason statham, vin diesel, jeremy renner? please.(even tho i like them)
Jollem - 1/19/2013, 7:44 PM
the action star of current times is cgi :)
Zordan - 1/19/2013, 7:46 PM
respect arnie
Brail1975 - 1/19/2013, 7:50 PM
It's a January movie. What did you guys expect?
Jhuntdaprodigy - 1/19/2013, 7:51 PM
I knew the film was coming out, but I didn't even know it was out yet to be honest. When I saw the trailer, I wasn't sold on it, the film looked like it was gonna be boring. I didn't even really know what it was about, and had no interest in seeing it. It just didn't seem like an event to me
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