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Lionsgate Sets KICK-ASS For April 16th, 2010; Moves THE EXPENDABLES To August!

Published at: Sept. 2, 2009, 2:35 a.m. CST by mrbeaks

Beaks here...

Just a few minutes ago, Christopher Mintz-Plasse tweeted along the news that Lionsgate has settled on a release date for Matthew Vaughn's much-anticipated KICK-ASS. April 16th, 2010! This checks out with Lionsgate's official Twitter feed (which I wasn't following prior to a minute ago), which also announced that Sylvester Stallone's all-star action extravaganza, THE EXPENDABLES, has moved from April to August 20th, 2010. Both moves make sense to me. KICK-ASS is a modestly-budgeted franchise starter that could catch fire in a non-competitive April, when comic book fans will be looking for some superhero action to tide them over until IRON MAN 2. And THE EXPENDABLES feels like that perfect, end-of-the-summer blast that should play strongly through Labor Day weekend - if it's as insane and wonderful as I think it's going to be. The biggest April opening on record is 2009's FAST AND FURIOUS, which did a healthy $70 million. As for films opening in the middle of the month, SCARY MOVIE 4 scored $40 million over the April 14th weekend in 2004, while THE SCORPION KING somehow raked in $36 million over the April 19th frame in 2002. KICK-ASS will be speeding its way toward profit if it throws up an opening weekend number anywhere in this range.

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  • Sept. 1, 2009, 9:58 p.m. CST

    First....

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    boo-hoo.

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Oh no I missed first. what a pitty

    by MacReady452

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10 p.m. CST

    Another YEAR for Expendables?

    by AJD_1

    I can't wait that long man.

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:02 p.m. CST

    And oh yeah...that first shit is LAME.

    by Brians Life

    Weakness at it's worst (or best). Also, I think I'm gone. Peace, AICN. I'm just tired of listening to uninformed masses bitching about things like why The Rock isn't playing Superman. I've been coming to this site since 1997. It pales in comparison to what it once was. Later, fellow freaks. See ya on the bread line.

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Good move

    by Don_Logan

    Wise, in that both are flicks that fanboys are salivating for, and will both likely catch fire upon release. Personally, I'm excited for both. This means the END of next summer should rock. Oh, and fuck all who post "first" with nothing pertinent to say.

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:05 p.m. CST

    MARK MILLAR WILL PWN YOUR ASSES!!!

    by anonymous_bitch

    (thought I'd kickstart all the inevitable Mark Millar hate) <p> Seriously, though, I'm waiting to explode all over this.

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:06 p.m. CST

    So why didn't I see KA 4 months ago?

    by NapalmTrancebath

    Get rid of Beaks.

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST

    KICK-ASS. April 16th, 2009!

    by NapalmTrancebath

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST

    What do I give a shit about the box office

    by MacReady452

    or the release date. All this means is that I have to wait longer to see the Expendables(lame). Kick Ass is a little known movie. It will depend on marketing and studio support if it is gonna do well. I'm really looking forward to it. Dear God, please make these movies as bad ass as possible. Feel free to divinely intervene as needed. Amen

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST

    fast and furious was sooooo bad

    by MillaJovovichsArmpitSmell

    im ashamed it has april record opening i didnt know that. i just saw it on dvd, i thought the first one was pretty good for what it was. but the new one was unwatchable. the opening scene started alright until it turned into a ridiculous scene of truck separating and bouncing physics that didnt make any sense. the story and characters were so one dimensional. there was a scene of cars going through caves in the middle, and then the grand finale action sequence? a chase though the caves, looked just like the earlier scene. i cant believe vin did this, it was hard to watch. april record? wtf, no one cares about this movie.

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:13 p.m. CST

    KISS ASS is more like it

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Who cares? Give me fucking Sly.

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Brians Life

    by Bruce Thomas Wayne

    No one gives a fat fuck.

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Expendables

    by Bruce Thomas Wayne

    I wish it didn't have to get pushed back, but hopefully it ill make more money this way. I want more expendable moves with more action stars

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Sly's abdominal dick veins rule!!

    by anonymous_bitch

    I'm not saying I'm NOT down with The Expendables. I love Sly's comeback!

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Here's the plot of The Expendables...

    by anonymous_bitch

    Sly and his band of mercs are invited to a party, but they don't show up... and no one cares.

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Fast and Furious=the speed and strength of my vomit

    by MacReady452

    upon seeing this shit. What do you mean one dimensional characters? The bad guy had a pistol. That's how you knew he was bad. Vin was the good guy cause he beat people to death with his bare hands. That is depth.

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Yeah... it's been pointed out already;

    by jimmy rabbitte

    but it might be a little difficult to get Kick-Ass released in April of '09.

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:24 p.m. CST

    The Sly movie does kinda sound like Inglorious Basterds II

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Oh, and...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    Brian's Life... don't let the digital domain door hit you, in the virtual ass, on your way out.

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Expendables will be

    by MacReady452

    what Basterds should have been. Only modern and with MMA guys instead of Nazis. Wait..are they the same thing? SS...MMA I cant keep this shit strait

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:30 p.m. CST

    EXPENDABLES BLEW IT! That DATE is NOT NEARLY AS GOOD!

    by Mennen

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:32 p.m. CST

    All those blockbusters followed by an 80's action movie?

    by Mennen

    APRIL was the EXACT RIGHT TIME to release this! -- Right Before the onslaught of Mega Budget Powerhouses - WTF happened here?

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:32 p.m. CST

    I'm a little ashamed, but I get a bulge of pride whenever...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...someone uses the phrase "dick veins" in connection with Stallone. Granted, given that photo...someone was bound to say it sooner or later. But still...

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST

    BIG LOB

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    He does not want to wait for the Expendables. What is this "Kick Ass" being mentioned?

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST

    ABKING just hung himself! Somebody dial 911!

    by Mennen

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST

    NOO!!!!

    by garybuseys_incisors

    WHY did they do this to The Expendables. God dammit. (Though I know the Expendables is going to obliderate summer 2010 with massive amounts of testosterone, I am still pissed that I have to wait for it now).

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:40 p.m. CST

    IT'S OVER JOHNNY!

    by Mennen

    Why do I find it necessary to behave this way?

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Before Kick-Ass, there should be an Expendables message...

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    ...before Kick-Ass opening credits begin, there should be an Expendables message/ad that says the following... <BR><BR> "Originally, you would be sitting here right now about to see (with appropriate images flashing by) SYLVESTER STALLONE, JET LI, JASON STATHAM, BRUCE WILLIS, RANDY COUTURE, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, and DOLPH LUNDGREN in the same movie, but thanks to us, you are about to see a stupid boy in a costume instead...take care!...."

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 11:06 p.m. CST

    O wow year 2010

    by Mr.LordBronco

    I'll be sure to write that down in my calendar-this sucky summer needs Heroes NOW! <p> I probably won't be alive then...

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 11:24 p.m. CST

    If it makes sense to Beaks

    by DangerDave

    someone told him that shit.

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 11:41 p.m. CST

    While I am disappointed I have to wait a little longer for The E

    by sheenakrull

    ...I am extremely happy that this new release date falls 1 month after Comic Con 2010. Best...Comic-Con Panel...Ever

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 11:48 p.m. CST

    I can't wait a whole fucking year for The Expendables!!!!

    by JuanSanchez

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 11:50 p.m. CST

    JuanSanchez, are you gainfully employed?

    by Mennen

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST

    What the FRAK?!!!! Another year?!

    by Mr_SugarPants

    Dammit! WTH Stallone?! You're killing us! Its all Dolph's fault isn't it? I read that shooting is wrapped - or at least Jet Li is wrapped. So when do we see a teaser?

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 11:57 p.m. CST

    It's delayed for reasons you'll never know, folks.

    by Mennen

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Is the Expendables out Yet?

    by MacReady452

    No..? OK. Wake me when its out, alright?

  • Sept. 2, 2009, midnight CST

    Next they are gonna push back the release..

    by MacReady452

    of Christmas

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 12:01 a.m. CST

    nobody is comparing inglorious basterds to expendables anymore

    by cloudrider`

    hmmm...i wonder why that is. <p> i highly doubt you all will learn your lesson though.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST

    BTW Couture is indeed Captain America

    by Mr_SugarPants

    Not the Marvel Character - it's his rigside nickname. His fight with Nogueira was fucking EPIC! Best 3 rounds I've ever watched. If The Expendables is anything like that fight, it'll kick all of our asses.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Brians Life....has informed us....

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    He will no longer be using the services of AICN. That's too bad. *Fart*

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 12:08 a.m. CST

    fast & furious's record opening

    by cloudrider`

    you dont like that fact, but you all did see the movie that opening weekend, didnt you? blame yourself! next time, do your homework(read the reviews, check the director's name) and wait till 3rd or 4th weekend if you're that curious.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 12:17 a.m. CST

    I hope we will get an R-Rated EXPENDABLES trailer

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    I want that one like RIGHT NOW!!!

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 12:23 a.m. CST

    So, do we have to go back into the past

    by brattyben

    to see this movie????

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 12:25 a.m. CST

    MOVING EXPENDABLES TO THE END OF SUMMER IS GOOD NEWS?!?!?!

    by BringingSexyBack

    That's the worst spin attempt I ever done laid eyes on.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 12:26 a.m. CST

    EXPENDABLES SHOULD OPEN MIDNIGHT JANUARY 1, 2010

    by BringingSexyBack

    This way it will rule the fucking year proper.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 12:27 a.m. CST

    I CAN'T WAIT A WHOLE YEAR FOR THE EXPENDABLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by BringingSexyBack

    Someone cryogenically freeze me until next August!!!!!!!1 Arg!

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 12:32 a.m. CST

    AICN....

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    The place where a spazz can be a spazz. It's a fucking action movie. Crack open a six pack and sleep on it.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 12:33 a.m. CST

    "IT'S A FUCKING ACTION MOVIE"

    by BringingSexyBack

    Yeah. And Natalie Portman's underarm is just an underarm. Whatevs.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 12:35 a.m. CST

    WELL IF EXP WAS GONNA RELEASE IN APRIL

    by damiz707

    we should at least get a trailer by then. Tell me what it's playing before and I'll pull one of those pay for the trailer (Star Wars Episode whatever)things

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Not sure this is a good idea

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    Aside from the fact I don't want to wait another year for the expendables, I don't think this is a good move.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 12:39 a.m. CST

    zzzzzzzzzz Is it out yet?zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    by MacReady452

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Yes....it's only an action movie....

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    If you really wanna see all your favorite 80's action stars together in the same place head over to that 5 dollar dvd bin at Wal-Mart. You will be pleased.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 12:47 a.m. CST

    You can even shake the bin around.....

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    and video tape it. It'll be like your very own 'Expendables' production!

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Lionsgate's official twitter feed

    by Adelai Niska

    Can't they just use their website? Twitter is to 2009 what the beeper was to 1993.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 3:20 a.m. CST

    will KICK ASSs name be sensored like Basterds in adverts?

    by craaayz

    because some people are very sensitive you know. I'd go with Kick-Fanny for its new title. Totally innocent.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 3:54 a.m. CST

    Re: ABKING just hung himself!

    by Stalkeye

    yeah, in the same fashion as David Carradine. I hope he atleast came before he went.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Re: The Sly movie does kinda sound like Inglorious Basterds II

    by Stalkeye

    Lockes, FYI (incase you were not aware)Stally,Bruse and the whole Planet Hollywood gang was originally suggest for the cast of QT's basterds.I guess the deal didn't go through prolly due to Egos (Sly's alone)so therefore Stally is doing his "own" thing.<p>anonybitch summed it up best;Sly and his band of mercs are invited to a party, but they don't show up... and no one cares.<p>I for one don't really care.Anyway I'll take "Comicbook adaptations from Slo-Mo Directors, Alex".

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Cue Julia Nickson...

    by anonymous_bitch

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ysnmj2YJPzQ&feature=related

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 4:51 a.m. CST

    A youtube link?...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    My laptop doesn't need herpies. Thanks.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Bad idea

    by gonzobob

    THIS IS A BAD IDEA. I WAS REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING STALLONE AND THE LADS SHOW ALL THOSE YOUNG GUYS HOW IT'S DONE. NOW WE HAVE TO WIT A WHOLE YEAR. AND PERSONALLY, I THINK KICK ASS LOOKS LIKE A PILE OF COMPLETE SHIT. I DON'T WANT TO SEE A YOUNG BOY RUN AROUND IN A RIDICULOUS COSTUME WITH A STUPID LITTLE SCHOOLGIRL AS HIS PARTNER. IT LOOKS LIKE SHIT AND I RECKON WILL BE SHIT. THE EXPENDABLES WILL ROCK, AND KICK ASS WILL BE A TOTAL PIECE OF OVER THE TOP SHIT.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 8:27 a.m. CST

    This means unsatisfatory audience tests

    by ricarleite2

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooo, i can't wait until August!

    by filmcoyote

    Who gives a rats ass about Kiss Ass, it's a Matthew Vaughn movie. He may be miles better than his mate Ritchie but he's no great shakes. The Expendables is my second most anticipated movie of 2010 (after Iron Man 2), i can't wait a year, i just can't. Damn you Lionsgate!

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Is this an early APRIL FOOLS JOKE!?!

    by ABking

    APRIL 23rd was a great kick start to SUMMER with a film like THE EXPENDABLES. I don't know what to think of the new AUGUST date. Sure it could be a good movie or a bad one. Just hate that we have to wait till the end of summer.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Christopher Mintz-Plasse tweeted along the news

    by Series7

    WOW that sounds like someone I should follow.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST

    IRON MAN 2

    by Series7

    Knew it. I just fucking knew it. Once Fast and Furious moved its date from April to stay away from Harry Potter and Transformers, that it was going to become a studio norm now. So that means will get fuck all for summer movies once the summer happens. Just like we did this July.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    CraaayZ

    by Series7

    Kick-Fanny would be a lot worse then Kick-Ass if you lived in England.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Box office speculation is boring

    by Bass Ackwards

    Seriously, why should anyone not financially tied to the movie care about what people THINK a movie is going to make? Anyways, hope we get to see some trailers for these two flicks soon, both of them are practically in the can and both are almost a year off, sucky.

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Little Girls with Big Swords

    by Disney_Retcond_my_STD

    how can you not love Kick Ass?

  • Sept. 2, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Evangelion217

    I CAN'T WAIT! 2010 IS GONNA KICK ASS! :)

  • Sept. 3, 2009, 1:10 a.m. CST

    zzzzzzzzIs it out Yet?zzzzzzzzzzzz

    by MacReady452

  • Sept. 3, 2009, 10:15 p.m. CST

    They're remaking 2010?!!

    by beane2099

  • Sept. 3, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Looks like

    by beane2099

    The remake of the Expendables is going to come out before the original movie. How's that for trend setting?

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Bass Ackwards

    by Bruce Thomas Wayne

    So we get a fucking sequel