BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘The Expendables’ Take the Box Office by Storm for a Second Week in a Row!

‘Vampires Suck’ doesn’t suck and ‘Lottery Ticket’ is a winner at the box office this weekend.


As predicted last week the buddy-cop comedy The Other Guys was knocked out of the number one spot by the testosterone-filled action movie The Expendables after only one week on top of the box office charts. But with five new films entering the charts this week including the remake of the classic horror film Piranha 3D, the family film Nanny McPhee Returns, and the comedies Lottery Ticket, Vampires Suck and The Switch, Stallone and his boys had their hands full defending the number one position but came up on top for a second week in a row.

Coming in at number one as predicted in their second week of release is the action-packed film, The Expendables from writer/director and star Sylvester Stallone. Besides Stallone, film stars an array of the toughest action stars from several different decades including Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. While the film dropped 52.6% from the previous week, it still managed to earn roughly $5,046 in each of its 3,270 theaters for a weekend total of $16.5 million. Now in just two weeks the film has earned $64.8 million, which puts it close to making back its entire $80 million production budget.

Debuting at number two and doing considerably better than predicted is the vampire spoof-film Vampires Suck starring Ken Jeong, Matt Lanter, Anneliese van der Pol and Charlie Weber. The film opened on 3,233 screens and earned about $3,774 on each for an opening weekend total of $12.2 million, which is not bad considering the films $20 million production budget.

Falling one place from last week to number three is Eat, Pray, Love directed by Ryan Murphy (Glee) and based on the internationally popular novel by author Elizabeth Gilbert. The film stars Oscar winners Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem, as well as Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins, Golden Globe winner James Franco and Billy Crudup. While the film dropped 48.1% from the previous week, it still managed to earn roughly $3,894 in each of its 3,082 theaters for a weekend total of $12 million. Now in just two weeks the film has earned $47.1 million, which puts it close to making back its entire $60 million production budget.

Debuting at number four and surprisingly doing better than expected this weekend is Lottery Ticket, a new comedy starring Bow Wow, Brandon T. Jackson, Naturi Naughton, Keith David, Terry Crews, Mike Epps and Ice Cube. The film opened on 1,973 screens and earned about $5,639 on each for an opening weekend total of $11.1 million, which is not bad considering the films $17 million production budget.

Rounding off the top five this week and falling two place from last week is the buddy-cop action/comedy film The Other Guys starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Keaton and Eva Mendes. While the film dropped 42.0% from the previous week and was seen on 179 less screens, it still managed to earn roughly $2,909 in each of its 3,472 theaters for a weekend total of $10.1 million. Now in just three weeks the film has earned $88.1 million, which puts it close to making back its entire $100 million production budget.

Failing to find an audience this week and unable to crack the top five is Piranha 3D, the remake of the classic John Sayles written, Joe Dante directed horror film from the '1970s, which was expected to do much better this weekend. The film stars Adam Scott, Elisabeth Shue, Ving Rhames, Jerry O'Connell, Christopher Lloyd and Richard Dreyfuss. The film came in a disappointing sixth place earning only $4,063 on each of its 2,470 screens for an opening weekend total of $10 million, which is not quite half of its $24 million budget.

Also failing to live up to predictions is Nanny McPhee Returns, the sequel to the 2005 hit family film written and starring Emma Thompson. The follow-up features an all-star cast of actors including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans and Ewan McGregor. The film only earned around $2,985 on each of its 2,784 screens for an opening weekend total of roughly $8.3 million, which is far from earning back its $35 million production budget.

Finally, the new baby comedy The Switch starring Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Patrick Wilson, Juliette Lewis and Jeff Goldblum also failed to find an audience in its opening weekend. The film was predicted to open poorly this weekend and lived up to expectations by only earning $4,026 on each of its 2,012 screens for an opening weekend total of around $8.1 million.

Doing well in limited release this week is A Film Unfinished, a documentary about lost footage from a Nazi propaganda film shot in the Warsaw ghetto during WWII, directed by Yael Hersonski. The film, which actually opened on Wednesday was only seen on four screens but managed to earn around $9,375 on each for a weekend total of $37,500 and a grand total of $51,200 in just one week of release.

Next week will see the opening of two new films in wide release and one in limited release.

First up next week is the urban heist film Takers starring an all-star cast including Paul Walker (Fast & Furious), Idris Elba (The Losers), Matt Dillon (Armored), Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith), Michael Ealy (Miracle at St. Anna), Jay Hernandez (Quarantine), Chris Brown (Stomp the Yard), T.I. (American Gangster), and Zoe Saldana (Avatar).

Also opening next week in wide release is the new horror film The Last Exorcism from producer Eli Roth (Hostel), which stars Patrick Fabian (Must Love Dogs), Louis Herthum (I Love You Phillip Morris) and Ashley Bell (State of Play).

Finally, in limited release next week is the epic war film Centurion from visionary director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doomsday) starring Michael Fassbender (Jonah Hex, Inglourious Basterds), Dominic West (300), and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace). So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!

The Expendables was released August 13th, 2010 and stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, David Zayas. The film is directed by Sylvester Stallone.

Vampires Suck was released August 18th, 2010 and stars Ken Jeong, Matt Lanter, Anneliese van der Pol, Charlie Weber, Chris Riggi, Marcelle Baer, Michelle Lang, Bradley Dodds. The film is directed by Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer.

Sources: Box Office Mojo

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  1. IamBATMAN

    i still cannot grasp onto the idea that scott pilgrim is not making more money

    5 years agoby @iambatmanFlag

  2. Daveactor7

    @superman81 dude awesome choices

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  3. Superman81

    @Daveactor7 I think the best movie of the year is Inception, I also thought Shutter Island was another very good movie. I'd have to say Inception,Shutter Island, and Kick-Ass were my 3 best movies of the year.

    5 years agoby @superman81Flag

  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Wow, 81% of fresh tomatoes for Piranha 3D???? Am I the only one who finds this interestingly surprising?

    5 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  5. Daveactor7

    @superman81 i totally agree with u but wat do u think is the best movie so far is this year?

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  6. Superman81

    I thought Piranha would have made more money, it was pretty damn funny and I think will do well on DVD once released. And it seems that parody movies do quite well, probably cause the guys who hate Twilight went to see it and made their girlfriends go as punishment for having to sit thru Twilight movies. I dont know what the hell all the talk about Scott Pilgrim is going on for, I mean hello its quite obvious that only the die hard uber fan nerds want this movie to succeed. Which it isnt going to, went from #5 to #10 and will soon be and the bottom of the cellar.

    5 years agoby @superman81Flag

  7. Daveactor7

    @TheFallen LOL.

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  8. the Narrator

    @ed-wood, that sucks man. It depends on what theater I go to. It's been a while since I walked out of a theater, like I think it was a chick flick with my sister... yeah.

    @Drifter, you wanted to get away with your sanity intact.... but you fell asleep?! You know, and it was Scott Pilgrim. I doubt your sanity was in danger.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  9. Goodbye

    @moviegeek:FYI I did pay to go see that movie and what a regret it was.I could careless about the money I shelled out for it,all I wanted to do was get away from that movie with my sanity intact.

    5 years agoby @drifter49Flag

  10. Daveactor7

    Expendables isnt the best movie of the year though

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  11. Jimthar

    saw the expendables last nite and loved it. just my 2 cents. oh, and scott pilgrim can kiss my ass.

    5 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  12. ed_wood

    There is no chance that the theater that I go to would give you your money back if you walked out. We had to leave one of the Bourne movies because my wife was having labor pains and the manager wouldn't give us a refund.

    5 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  13. Spongebob_Boxofficepants

    this is outrageous
    there are so many movies released in that f*cking week!All not-so-good and ordinary
    i was expecting SPvTW to take the top or nanny mcphee 2 will be an alright leader of the top but Scott Pilgrim falling to #10,I thought its gonna be a wild card,a surprise hit like Paranormal Activity and The Blind Side (they didn't debut at #1 but they rise to #1 at the next week) than an unfortunate flop like Sorcerer's Apprentice (too bad it was great) ,Vampires Suck at #2,Step Up 3 is gone despite it was better than the previous films,The Other Guys not in #6 or #7 (actually good,but it should be more successful on its first weekend!),Nanny Mcphee at #7,Eat Pray Love at #3 it should be #6?
    I thought August of Summer will be more calm,real good films & and some better results but then again as summer as about to end it becomes complicated,crappy & eventually horrible!
    Next week,I'm Expecting Takers will be at #1!
    I hope Next Year summer will have better films with better reaction and greater success!

    5 years agoby @spongebob-boxofficepantsFlag

  14. joekerr2e

    Oh yeah, back from vacation. Saw Scott Pilgrim and I liked it. Finally saw Inception... let me explain the delay. I was waiting until I was in a theater that I could appreciate (The Warren in Wichita, f'ing ROCKS). I digress... a lot. Anyway, Inception was by far the best movie I've seen all summer. Going to check out Expendables this week and couldn't be dragged dead to see Vampires Suck... EVER!!! And one last thing. Can someone please email the "BOBD" writer the meaning of "Redundant"?!

    5 years agoby @joekerr2eFlag

  15. Diaigma

    Agreed, @Erick10 - though I will expound on that to include those who also saw Piranha :P

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  16. Buriblazing

    yes sly is kicking major ass go sly.

    5 years agoby @buriblazingFlag

  17. slysnide

    Not very big numbers this weekend.

    5 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  18. Erick10

    @ Daveactor7 hahahaha thats a good can also write..."if you like Vampires Suck or any of those movies...dont buy a ticket to see my are not worth it, GTFO, go see a dog poop since you find that much more amusing " something like that.....

    5 years agoby @erick10Flag

  19. Daveactor7

    @Erick10 when i start putting films on the big screen its gonna be rated NR- not for retards

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  20. Erick10

    @Daveactor7 how can we mate!!! the only reason is by not going to these movies!!!!!! but people still goo!!! its saddening that people laugh at the dumbass jokes!!! its pathetic!!!

    5 years agoby @erick10Flag

  21. Daveactor7

    @Erick10 we need to strike back lol

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  22. Erick10

    wow....for Piranha well i really loved it...but damn...TO ME WHATS MORE UPSETTING is the fact that Vampires Suck pulled in at 2nd.... *sigh* and i bet you ...i bet you that at least 70 percent who went to see it...liked it =/ thats what saddens me....when people enjoy crap like meet the spartans...ugggh OUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED.

    5 years agoby @erick10Flag

  23. Daveactor7

    @Filmfreak72 i totally agree with u. But scott pilgrim should have put better trailers out there to bring audiences in and well known directors as well. Michael Cera alone could not bring an audience in.

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  24. Film_Freak_72

    Our society is retarded for giving "Vampires Suck" a whole bunch of cash. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World deserved to be No. 1 last week or at least No. 2! People who watched Vampires Suck are stupid retards who take a sh*t in the shower and find fart jokes. Also Eat Pray Love that sh*t is boring even my girlfriend saw it last week and said it sucked! Everyone booed at the end. Some people snored. I'm starting to think the Box office is rigged. Because I saw Scott Pilgrim at Comic-Con, midnight and then Sunday. My theater was packed and everyone applauded at the end. WHAT THE F*CK!? Also when I saw "The Expendables" no one applauded and there were a lot of seats left!!! WTF?!

    5 years agoby @film-freak-72Flag

  25. Diaigma

    Piranha can EAT IT! :P

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  26. Daveactor7

    it wasnt a good movie though.

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  27. Remy72883

    this movie is kicking ass and taking name just like in the film lol

    5 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  28. Daveactor7

    @Insert I did that for the last airbender

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  29. moviegeek

    @(Insert) If you paid for it

    5 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  30. T.Clark

    Don't you get your money back if you walk out before the movie's over?

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

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