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‘The Expendables’ seizes No. 1 spot

August 16, 2010

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— Sylvester Stallone has proven that he’s not quite expendable yet at the box office.

Stallone and his pumped-up pals lifted Lionsgate’s 1980s-style action romp “The Expendables” to a No. 1 debut with $35 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

While the macho “Expendables” lured male audiences, Julia Roberts delivered a crowd-pleaser for women with Sony’s “Eat Pray Love,” which opened at No. 2 with $23.7 million.

The previous weekend’s top movie, Sony’s cop comedy “The Other Guys,” slipped to third place with $18 million, raising its 10-day total to $70.5 million. The Warner Bros. blockbuster “Inception” was fourth with $11.4 million, lifting its total to $248.6 million.

“The Expendables” continued a box-office uptick for Stallone, who has had a career resurgence in recent years revisiting his past with fresh sequels to his “Rocky” and “Rambo” franchises.

The movie features such action stars as Jet Li and Jason Statham — along with cameos from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger — in a tale of mercenaries aiming to overthrow a dictator.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released Monday.

  1. “The Expendables,” $35 million.

  2. “Eat Pray Love,” $23.7 million.

  3. “The Other Guys,” $18 million.

  4. “Inception,” $11.4 million.

  5. “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” $10.5 million.

  6. “Despicable Me,” $6.8 million.

  7. “Step Up 3D,” $6.6 million.

  8. “Salt,” $6.4 million.

  9. “Dinner for Schmucks,” $6.3 million.

  10. “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” $4.1 million.

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