The Box-Office Top Five
#1 “The Expendables” ($16.5 million)
#2 “Vampires Suck” ($12.2 million)
#3 “Eat Pray Love” ($12 million)
#4 “Lottery Ticket” ($11.1 million)
#5 “The Other Guys” ($10.1 million)
Goofy vampires, lucky lottery winners, killer piranhas, quirky nannies and generous sperm donors all failed to capture box-office gold over the weekend thanks to the staying power of a pack of old action heroes who are apparently not past their prime.
Actor, director and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables” remains the top dog at the box office, emerging from its second straight weekend victory with $16.5 million to its name. Featuring an all-star lineup of action icons both new and old, “The Expendables” has earned $64.9 million domestically in just 10 days. Given the film’s success, Stallone and his heavily muscled compadres are already thinking about story ideas for an “Expendables” sequel.
The repeated success of “The Expendables” comes in the midst of a particularly crowded session at the box office, with five new wide releases arriving this past weekend. Of these movies, parody flick “Vampires Suck” fared the best, winning a second-place medal worth $12.2 million from Friday through Sunday. The “Twilight” spoof has earned $19 million since opening on Wednesday, clearing almost its entire production budget of $20 million in less than a week.
Although it hasn’t quite lived up to its title, “Lottery Ticket” proved a worthwhile investment for Warner Bros. with an $11.1 million fourth-place finish, a solid start towards recouping its reported $17 million production budget.
The rest of the newcomers didn’t land quite as well, with “Piranha 3D” scoring the best at sixth place. Emma Thompson’s “Nanny McPhee” sequel arrived in seventh place with $8.3 million, while the romantic comedy “The Switch,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, fell flat on its face with an $8.1 million eighth-place debut.
“Takers” and “The Last Exorcism” could give “The Expendables” some trouble, but the “Avatar: Special Edition” re-release could pose even greater problems for every competitor at the box office next weekend.
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