‘The Expendables’ Top Box Office in Second Weekend
In its second week, Sylvester Stallone’s action flick ‘The Expendables’ once again muscled its way to the top of the U.S. box office.
Declining a standard 51% to $17 million, the violent thriller raised its total take to over $65.4 million in ten days.
By contrast, five new movies with smaller commercial appeal all opened with soft debuts, including diverse titles such as horror remake ‘Piranha 3D’ and children’s film ‘Nanny McPhee Returns’.
Out of the new releases, Twilight spoof ‘Vampires Suck’ fared the best, grossing $12.2 million in second place.
Similarly, rapper Ice Cube’s new romantic comedy ‘Lottery Ticket’ also fared well for its genre, collecting $10.7 million in fourth place.
However, family sequel ‘Nanny McPhee Returns’ opened in eighth place with a disappointing $8.4 million, just over half of the original’s $14.5 million opening.
Likewise, horror remake ‘Piranha 3D’ and Jennifer Aniston’s new romantic comedy ‘The Switch’ also underwhelmed with $10.1 million in sixth place and $8.4 million in seventh place respectively.
Aided by a strong marketing campaign, ‘The Expendables’ appeal has rested largely in its ensemble action cast, consisting of contemporary stars such as Jason Statham and Jet Li as well as action legends Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Despite its success however, the film has only received mixed reviews from critics. On review site Rotten Tomatoes, it received a rating of 38% based on 154 reviews, although its user score was higher at 70%.
Among holdovers, Julia Roberts’ drama ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and Will Ferrell’s action comedy ‘The Other Guys’ both performed solidly, achieving positions in the top five.
‘Eat, Pray, Love’ declined a modest 48% to $12.1 million in third place, raising its total U.S. gross to $47.1 million.
Similarly, ‘The Other Guys’ declined 41% to $10.2 million in fifth place, grossing over $88.3 million in three weeks.
Once again however, the smallest decline of the week belonged to sci-fi thriller ‘Inception’, which dropped only 31% to $7.8 million for a ninth place finish.
Although the film left the top five at the box office, its take was impressive nevertheless, as it raised its total domestic gross to a massive $262 million.
Top Box Office Hits
- The Expendables - $17.0 million
- Vampires Suck - $12.2 million
- Eat, Pray, Love - $12.1 million
- Lottery Ticket - $10.7 million
- The Other Guys - $10.2 million
- Piranha 3-D - $10.1 million
- The Switch - $8.4 million
- Nanny McPhee Returns - $8.4 million
- Inception - $7.8 million
- Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World - $5.2 million
‘The Expendables’ is currently playing in mainland China and screens in Hong Kong from August 26th.