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The Expendables Grabs Second Weekend Win.

By Jarrod Sarafin     August 22, 2010

The Expendables wins again at the box office.
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In a sure sign that we’re reaching the final moments of the summer season, Hollywood saturated the market with five new wide releases over the past three days and none of them could topple last weekend’s winner. It’s not often that a film pulling in a little over $16 million is the winner but that seems to be the case Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables. His action fest grabbed $16.5 million on its 3,270 theaters across the nation to increase its domestic cume to $64.8 million. A decent chunk of coin after ten days of release with the production cost set at $80 million.
Following in 2nd place is Fox’s spoof Vampires Suck. The producers who took on (and won) against Stallone’s 2008 Rambo with Meet the Spartans tried to cut into his latest release but fell short in its premiere. The film tallied up $12.2 million over its first three days of release, which is a very decent opening for the studio given the small $20 million budget. For their part, Fox executives are pleased with the premiere.  
"We are happy, happy, happy," Fox senior vp Bert Livingston said. "The five-day number includes a great opening-day number of $4 million from Wednesday. So that took something away from the weekend, but the weekend was still terrific."
Right behind the spoof is Sony’s Eat Pray Love which fell just $200 k short into 3rd place. With its first two weekends in the bag, the film has accumulated $47.1 million in domestic sales. The budget is set at $60 million.
Next new wide release to hit the top spots is Warner Bros. Pictures’ comedy reveal of Lottery Ticket. With the film hitting only 1,973 theaters the film’s score of $11.1 million helped it become the highest average for the frame with $5,639 per showing. And with the budget set at $17 million it will clearly be another profitable release for the studio.  
And the 5th place spot goes to Sony’s buddy cop tale The Other Guys, which grabbed another $10.1 million in its third weekend of release. Unless it has some major drops the next few frames it’s pretty much guaranteed to hit the $100 million threshold. It has $88.1 million at the moment.  

Piranha 3D didn’t quite make the top 5 spots with its premiere taking in $100 k less than the Ferrell-Wahlberg vehicle. It wound up taking $10.0 million on 2,470 theaters, a lackluster result but not the end of the world with its budget set at just $35 million.
The same can’t be said for Universal’s comic adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. In only its second weekend it dropped down to 10th place with only $5.0 million. This makes it very likely it won’t even show up in the top ten next Sunday and that’s a not good sign given the fact that it has only $20.7 million against a budget of $60 million.

The Expendables
$16.5 mil
$64.8 mil
Vampires Suck
$12.2 mil
$18.5 mil
Eat Pray Love
$12.0 mil
$47.1 mil
Lottery Ticket
$11.1 mil
$11.1 mil
The Other Guys
$10.1 mil
$88.1 mil
Piranha 3D
$10.0 mil
$10.0 mil
Nanny McPhee Returns
$8.3 mil
$8.3 mil
The Switch
$8.1 mil
$8.1 mil
$7.6 mil
$261.8 mil
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
$5.0 mil
$20.7 mil

Here’s the top 5 global performers of the summer as they look now.
Toy Story 3 Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $110.3 mil

Domestic: $403.7 mil
Foreign: $580.6 mil
Worldwide: $984.3 mil
Shrek Forever After Numbers:
Budget: $165 mil
Opening: $70.8 mil

Domestic: $237.7 mil
Foreign: $455.5 mil
Worldwide: $693.2 mil
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Numbers:
Budget: $68 mil
Opening: $64.8 mil

Domestic: $297.2 mil
Foreign: $356.7 mil
Worldwide: $653.9 mil
Iron Man 2 Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $128.1 mil

Domestic: $312.1 mil
Foreign: $309.6 mil
Worldwide: $621.7 mil
Inception Numbers:
Budget: $160 mil
Opening: $62.7 mil

Domestic: $261.8 mil
Foreign: $315.4 mil
Worldwide: $577.2 mil
Friday, August 27, 2010 Releases
The Last Exorcism (2,700)
Takers (2,000)
Avatar: Special Edition (700+)
Mesrine: Killer Instinct
Change of Plans
Daniel & Ana


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Muenster 8/22/2010 7:19:59 PM

Kinda of expected, seeing as how the competition was not much of. Stallone stated that if this film does well he'll put together an even more extreme sequel. Hoo yeah! Bring it on! A few more weeks in release should generate a small but respectable profit. I will be adding it to my Blu-Ray collection! Wondering what the diredtor's cut on Blu-Ray is going to be like. Looking forward to the commentary as well.

Damn... Scott Pilgrim did even worse than I ever thought it would. Feel the burn.

monkeyfoot 8/22/2010 8:00:27 PM

I'm surprised, I figured silly fun like Piranha would come in at the top. But then I thought Scott Pilgrim would come in #1 last week.  I wish it would do better. Good for Sly though.

I saw Inception again in IMAX this time. I went with a friend  who hadn't seen it. He usually hates mainstream Hollywood films because they are childish and lowest denominator. His tastes are art house and foreign films that eccentric critics like. I knew he'd like a hit movie with an original, adult and complex storyline that has been highly praised by audiences and critics....He hated it. He thought it was a stupid and incomprehensible story that was there only to showcase poor FX. In other words, typical Hollywood. I tried to answer all his questions about the story and how innovative the in-camera FX were. Still he thought it was dumb. 

I thought I'd see if he wanted to see the re-issue of Avatar since he hasn't seen a 3D film but it looks like it would just be piling more"Hollywood crap" on the fella. Oh well.  

Darkknight2280 8/22/2010 8:10:52 PM

I KNEW EXPENDABLES WOULD BE OWNING!!! Not sure who sid it wouldnt but you all know who you are...and you all can SUCK IT!!

Been a while since i posted was in florida the past week and 2 days :) Star Wars Celebration V was fun as hell! :)

littlemikey979 8/22/2010 8:49:11 PM

My little brother just got back from Irap and one of the first things he did was see Expandables. He said it was cheese but was like all the action movies we used to watch growing up. Can't wait to go see it and add to the profit line.

FerretJohn 8/22/2010 8:49:24 PM

Saw The Expendables this past friday, there was more testosterone in that one film than in an entire UFC pay-per-view.  Not much of a plot, but who cares!  My one and only complaint was Dolph Lundgren at the end (not saying anymore, don't wanna give out any spoilers, but if you saw it you know what I mean), but other than that it was a great movie.

PS: LOVED Terry Crews gun.  Auto shotgun shooting 120 rounds per minute.  Very loud weapon, serious intimidation for those who survived past the fist couple seconds of shooting.

themovielord 8/22/2010 8:50:32 PM

I was at STar Tours Darkknight2280... did you go?

Calibur454 8/23/2010 4:11:06 AM

will see the expendables this week looking forward to it.

I love it that Vampires suck is doing so well but I bet I can guess why.

All the guys who have been dragged kicking and screaming to the theater by their girlfriends to see the twilight movies finally got a little revenge by dragging them to see this HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA I LOVE IT!!!

Dazzler 8/23/2010 5:07:17 AM

Don't bother wit Scott P, it does suck.  I hate comic movies that are not realistic a big arguement I am sure but I like a real world with super power elements.  In this everybody has powers for no reason, and the comedy really reached.  

Expendables is a great movie with a few notes, spoilers alert.  I would have killed off a few Expendables to make room for the sequel.  I would have left them in that country taking it over for their "protection".  Maybe this would double cross Bruce's CIA guy into hiring Arnold's team for the next one full of action stars.  Maybe get Segal, Vandame,  Chuck and whoever else they can get for a heads on conflict for the next one.  

I saw Piranha 3d.  It was a fun movie.  More gore than a Saving Private ryan movie.  Simple story no surprise there.  Clifhanger ending.  3d boobies is my first and lots of them.  Richard D did a great opening scene I won't spoil, and not because of his death in it.  They pulled out all the 3d tricks for visuals.  Worth seeing in the theaters, but maybe the first cheaper showing however.  They also have a porn chick topless I know for unknown reasons Gianna Michaels parasailing I was surprised seeing..."hey I know her from some movie...oh right."



AmbyWarhol 8/23/2010 6:34:36 AM

Centurion is a movie that I I think everyone should see!  Highly recommended!  

metalpause 8/23/2010 6:38:01 AM

Piranha 3D was great!!!!

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