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Expendables Explodes The US Box Office
But Scott Pilgrim loses a few lives...

16 August 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Box Office Mojo

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It was the battle of men vs. women at the American box office this weekend, a conflict won rather handily by Sylvester Stallone and his muscular man-team of action heroes. The Expendables dominated the charts, parachuting into first place with $35 million. That meant Julia Roberts’ spiritual and romantic quest in Eat Pray Love had to make do with discovering itself in second place, with a decent $23.7 million.

The two fresh arrivals shoved last week’s champ and second place, The Other Guys and Inception down to third and fourth place with $18 million and $11.3 million respectively.

But there was bad news to be found elsewhere as Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic book series, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, sadly failed to find much love with audiences, getting punched down to fifth place with $10.5 million. The movie didn’t even manage to scrape together the cash to reach the low figure that many had been estimating. Still, we take heart from the fact that Scott Pilgrim will be thought about and talked about long after the world has forgotten either of the two box office champs. It’ll have to go some to make back its $60 million budget and promotional costs, but we’d guess the DVD sales will help - and word of mouth might yet pick it up in weekend two.

As for the rest of the charts, Despicable Me clung on to sixth place with $6.7 million, while Step Up 3D fell swiftly to seventh with $6.6 million. That put it ahead of Salt in eighth with $6.35 million and Dinner For Schmucks at ninth with $6.3 million. Finally, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore prepared to exit the top 10 with $4 million this weekend.

For all your bullet-ridden chart needs, head over to Box Office Mojo.


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RE: Expendables Explodes The US Box Office
L: Deviation L: rawlinson L: Deviation The Big Lebowski might be a good answer. ropped every weekend according to Box Office Mojo. Opened at $5 million and dropped to 3 the next weekend. :(] eks in the top 3,that wasn't bad for a film like this,wouldn't happen today,sadly. More

Posted by BOHEMIANBOB at 23:22 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables Explodes The US Box Office
L: rawlinson L: Deviation The Big Lebowski might be a good answer. ropped every weekend according to Box Office Mojo. Opened at $5 million and dropped to 3 the next weekend. s talking over the whole course of the films release.It still opened with the same amount as Jerry Maguire! While not The Postman,it seems to have the perception it was a flop when it wasn't-and it was just off the top of my headuld have thought it was stronger box-office wise than Donnie Darko,whic More

Posted by BOHEMIANBOB at 23:21 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables Explodes The US Box Office
L: rawlinson L: Deviation The Big Lebowski might be a good answer. ropped every weekend according to Box Office Mojo. Opened at $5 million and dropped to 3 the next weekend. :(] More

Posted by Deviation at 20:40 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables Explodes The US Box Office
L: Deviation The Big Lebowski might be a good answer. ropped every weekend according to Box Office Mojo. Opened at $5 million and dropped to 3 the next weekend. More

Posted by rawlinson at 20:35 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables Explodes The US Box Office
I don't think Donnie Darko ever recovered in theaters, no? From my knowledge it didn't even break even with its 4.5 million budget. Eraserhead I think never costed that much to need massive numbers and it was always a cult thing. The Big Lebowski might be a good answer. Also, didn't The English Patient, The Hurt Locker and Amadeus never make it in the Top 5 but still made a profit? (though they have have Oscar backing) More

Posted by Deviation at 20:28 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables Explodes The US Box Office
L: Deviation Aside from Titanic was there a film that ever opened with a low opening weekend and did better next week? ers,i suppose you'd have to look at the actual figures,it's not as simple as opening poorly. The lowest ever US no 1 film opening was Jerry Maguire,with about 5 million dollars,so there are films who never got to no 1 who made more money. Off the top of my head,films that opened poorly and recovered would be Eraserhead,The Big Lebowski and Donnie Darko. Stay More

Posted by BOHEMIANBOB at 20:21 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables Explodes The US Box Office
Aside from Titanic was there a film that ever opened with a low opening weekend and did better next week? More

Posted by Deviation at 19:56 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables Explodes The US Box Office
L: BatFan Rotten Tomatoes http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_expendables/ The Expendables - 43% http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/scott_pilgrims_vs_the_w orld/ Scott Pilgrim - 81% nd of the day it just shows that reviews don't mean a lot to the cinema going public considering the difference in box office, which was significant. More

Posted by sanchia at 19:04 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables Explodes The US Box Office
Rotten Tomatoes http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_expendables/ The Expendables - 43% http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/scott_pilgrims_vs_the_w orld/ Scott Pilgrim - 81% More

Posted by BatFan at 18:58 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables forgotten about??
L: Deviation L: The Hooded Man i think the surprise success the article refers to isn't the amount of money it's made but the fact that the film's surprisingly good in terms of quality. 'm not really sure that is what most reviewers thought though. hat's a fair point but I think it's along lines of we thought it was going to be shit but it isn't. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 17:19 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

Eh?
What happened to my comment? I don't think I said anything defamatory that deserved deleting... Perhaps it got mixed up by the moderators with that weird spam post about Agassi or something... More

Posted by Garth_Marenghi at 16:15 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables forgotten about??
L: The Hooded Man i think the surprise success the article refers to isn't the amount of money it's made but the fact that the film's surprisingly good in terms of quality. 'm not really sure that is what most reviewers thought though. More

Posted by Deviation at 15:14 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables forgotten about??
L: The Hooded Man I certainly wasn't trying to imply there was anything inferior about people who preferred to see Scott Pilgrim or wanted to see it. My point was that Scott Pilgrim was heralded by all and sundry as some sort of revolution and you would be an idiot not to want to see it. Whereas The Expendables was equally awaited by fans but it didn't enjoy anything like the intense media campaign that Pilgrim did. To be fair to Empire it's given The Expendables a decent amount of cov More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 15:07 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables forgotten about??
i think the surprise success the article refers to isn't the amount of money it's made but the fact that the film's surprisingly good in terms of quality. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 14:41 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables forgotten about??
And The Expendables was in quite a lot of TV shots as well. And as if it needed that much of a marketing though, the name of the actors was always enough to get the audience it was aiming for and unlike Pilgrim it never had a problem being in notice thanks to its cast and emphasis on things blowing up. Surprise success my arse... More

Posted by Deviation at 14:30 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables forgotten about??
Pilgrim's been on the cover of The Guardian and Sunday Times entertainment section in the last fortnight alone, I'm not saying that's definitive proof or anything but it's an indication of how it's being pushed over here at least. In The Sunday Times yesterday there was a two page article referring to the surprising success of The Expendables and how it's saved the action movie genre. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 14:25 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables forgotten about??
I must have failed to see this supposed intense media campaign that SPvsTW had over The Expendables, becuase I saw more coverage and hype of Stallone than I did over Pilgrim. I realise I could be in a very small minorty here but Edgar Wright has made one excellent film and another flawed but enjoyable comedy, whereas Stallone is a big screen icon, and it seems to me that the media as a whole might have been too quick to install genius status on Wright. agree with that, but it is More

Posted by Deviation at 14:22 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables forgotten about??
I really think that's got it the wrong way round - Pilgrim has really only had any media relatively recently outside specialist film mags. Expendables is exactly the opposite as I said - it's being hyped and pushed since first casting. It might sound better to suggest it's the underdog, but it really isn't. More

Posted by elab49 at 14:20 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables forgotten about??
I certainly wasn't trying to imply there was anything inferior about people who preferred to see Scott Pilgrim or wanted to see it. My point was that Scott Pilgrim was heralded by all and sundry as some sort of revolution and you would be an idiot not to want to see it. Whereas The Expendables was equally awaited by fans but it didn't enjoy anything like the intense media campaign that Pilgrim did. To be fair to Empire it's given The Expendables a decent amount of coverage too, but to me and I More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 14:01 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables forgotten about??
L: Snake-Eyes L: The Hooded Man I'm glad The Expendables won at the box office because it's a film that fans actually wanted to see while Scott Pilgrim was one that every media outlet in the known world tried to tell us was what we actually really wanted to see because Edgar Wright is the next Scorsese despite only making two better than average comedies to date. Even now when it's apparent that The Expendables is clearly the one that people prefer to see, there's still room for More

Posted by Pigeon Army at 13:40 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

GO SLY!
Too right! Nice one. I'm totally OTT excited about seeing the Expendables and I have no worries about saying that. It's big, muscle-bound and by all accounts pretty ridiculous movie entertainment. Thank you Stallone. You are, as I believe they say these days, THE MAN More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 13:36 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables forgotten about??
L: The Hooded Man I'm glad The Expendables won at the box office because it's a film that fans actually wanted to see while Scott Pilgrim was one that every media outlet in the known world tried to tell us was what we actually really wanted to see because Edgar Wright is the next Scorsese despite only making two better than average comedies to date. Even now when it's apparent that The Expendables is clearly the one that people prefer to see, there's still room for people to make sneering More

Posted by elab49 at 13:22 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

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L: Jenzy I'm not sure how well known Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz were in the US so the film is probably riding on Michael Cera's fame which means it was never going to be a Number 1 movie. Still, 5th place? That's quite surprising. It'll hang around that spot for a while I think (hope) so fingers crossed it does well. Personally, after Inception, Scott Pilgrim... is my most anticipated film of this year... hink Fuzz did double what Shaun did in its opening weekend. But both went o More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 12:02 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables forgotten about??
I've already forgotten most of The Expendables already.... good corny fun but that's it bar the ace Arnie and Bruce scene More

Posted by DJ Rob C: Mark II! at 11:45 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables forgotten about??
L: The Hooded Man I'm glad The Expendables won at the box office because it's a film that fans actually wanted to see while Scott Pilgrim was one that every media outlet in the known world tried to tell us was what we actually really wanted to see because Edgar Wright is the next Scorsese despite only making two better than average comedies to date. Even now when it's apparent that The Expendables is clearly the one that people prefer to see, there's still room for people to make sneering More

Posted by Deviation at 11:15 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables forgotten about??
L: The Hooded Man I'm glad The Expendables won at the box office because it's a film that fans actually wanted to see while Scott Pilgrim was one that every media outlet in the known world tried to tell us was what we actually really wanted to see because Edgar Wright is the next Scorsese despite only making two better than average comedies to date. Even now when it's apparent that The Expendables is clearly the one that people prefer to see, there's still room for people to make sneer More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 10:35 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Expendables forgotten about??
I'm glad The Expendables won at the box office because it's a film that fans actually wanted to see while Scott Pilgrim was one that every media outlet in the known world tried to tell us was what we actually really wanted to see because Edgar Wright is the next Scorsese despite only making two better than average comedies to date. Even now when it's apparent that The Expendables is clearly the one that people prefer to see, there's still room for people to make sneering comments at its expense More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 10:31 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: bollocks
Not Universal though. I am not sure why they chose to release Scott Pilgrim on the same say with Eat Pray Love and The Expendables. Always sounded like a bloody poor choice to release the film for me.  More

Posted by Deviation at 02:35 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: bollocks
L: Butlerbert stupid americans dont know whats good for them, nd you no its not gona do well here either, considering avatar "2.7 Billion" is out again 2 days later! o be fair, Scott Pilgrim is aimed more at geeks and nerds. The Expendables is all about reliving the 80s action hero and that's why it's number 1 in the US. If both films were released on the same day over here, I would have gone to see them both one after the other. They clearly thought this one through. More

Posted by Noelg25 at 01:30 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

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