Sylvester Stallone stomps on box office rookies
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sylvester Stallone and his merry band of mercenaries in "The Expendables" led the North American box office for a second weekend on Sunday, while new releases starring Emma Thompson and Jennifer Aniston flopped.
"The Expendables" earned about $16.5 million across the United States and Canada during the three days beginning on
Friday, crushing five forgettable newcomers in the dog days of summer.
The 10-day tally for the action thriller rose to $64.9 million, distributor Lionsgate said. It dropped a respectable 53 percent from last weekend, when its $34.8 million opening marked one of the biggest of Stallone's career.
Stallone also directed and co-wrote the independently produced $85 million project, whose multinational lineup includes English tough guy Jason Statham, Sweden's Dolph Lundgren and Chinese martial-arts veteran Jet Li.
Lionsgate, a unit of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp, said the film opened at No. 1 in the U.K. with a four-day tally of about $5.8 million since Thursday.
Best of the North American rookies was the "Twilight" spoof "Vampires Suck," which opened at No. 2 with $12.2 million. The movie could have claimed the crown if it had not opted for a two-day head start by opening on Wednesday to maximize sales before school resumes after the summer break. Its early total stands at $18.6 million, in line with expectations.
Dishonors for the worst flop went to Thompson's "Nanny McPhee Returns," which was seen as having a shot at the top spot. Instead the sequel opened at No. 7 with just $8.3 million. Its 2006 predecessor started off with $14.5 million. Continued...