Update: Post updated with box office actuals.
The Expendables opened with a very solid $34.825 million this weekend, opening in line with expectations and a fair amount ahead of #2 Eat Pray Love, which itself did reasonably well with $23.104 million. Here’s quite an extraordinary fact: Sylvester Stallone now has a #1 hit in each of the last 5 decades, the first actor to ever achieve that milestone (via @giteshpandya). Here’s the Friday/Saturday/Sunday breakdown for The Expendables.
- Friday – $13.331M (includes some midnight previews)
- Saturday – $11.9M (-10.7%)
- Sunday – $9.594M (-19.4%)
Getting back to Eat Pray Love, after a string of misfires this is star Julia Roberts’ best opening performance since 2001’s “America’s Sweethearts” ($30.182M).
The other opener this weekend was Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and despite strong reviews and a ton of Internet buzz the film, quite frankly, flopped taking in just $10.61 million. I saw it coming last week (the buzz just wasn’t in the right places and it’s hard to give any credit to Universal for yet another horrible marketing campaign). Heading into the weekend, the consensus opening weekend number was about $15-18 million. It’s very hard to see this opening as any thing other than a major, major disappointment.
Rounding out the top five was The Other Guys in third with $17.408 million ($69.952M cume) and Inception in fourth place with an estimated $11.285 million which is closing in on $250M ($248.469M cume). Meanwhile, an 11th place estimated $2.223 million for Toy Story 3 was enough to push that film past $400M ($400.825M cume). ‘TS3′ is now the highest-grossing animated film of all-time with $940.125M worldwide. Also noteworthy, the Angelina Jolie-starrer Salt broke $100M this weekend with a $6.219 million 9th place finish ($103.438M cume).
Source: Box Office Mojo