Update: Article updated with box office actuals.
The Expendables held off the challenge of five new releases, taking in $16.968 million (-51.3%) from 3,270 theaters and pushing its 10-day cume to $65.357 million. Fun fact: this is the first time Stallone has been on top for two straight weeks (with a live-action film) since 1993’s Demolition Man. (via @GiteshPandya / Box Office Guru).
Vampires Suck — which opened on Wednesday — overcame extremely negative reviews to add $12.203 million ($18.567M cume) for second place. The next best-performing new release was Lottery Ticket with $10.652 million (#4). The film actually was tops in theater average ($5,399), but it played in nearly 1,300 less theaters than “The Expendables”.
Piranha 3D (#6 – $10.107M), The Switch (#7 – $8.437M) and Nanny McPhee Returns (#7 – $8.408M) rounded out the rest of the new releases. Of this grouping, Piranha 3D was the most disappointing. While true that Weinstein failed to get it into enough theaters — it played in just 2,470 — 85% of those theaters played the film in 3D and reviews were more generally quite positive (81% on Rotten Tomatoes). Expectations were for an opening in the mid teens. It’s a good thing the budget was held way down ($24M). Nanny McPhee Returns, meanwhile, did only a little more than half of its predecessor opening weekend — 2006’s “Nanny McPhee” – $14.504M — and The Switch is another disappointment for star Jennifer Aniston, drawing less than half the opening weekend audience of March’s “The Bounty Hunter” ($20.686M).
Rounding out the top five were Eat Pray Love (#3 – $12.111M / $47.214M cume), The Other Guys (#5 – $10.163M / $88.253M cume), Inception (#9 – $7.838M / $262.032M cume) and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (#10 – $5.202M / $20.898M cume).
Source: Box Office Mojo