'The Expendables' dominate vampires, piranhas and Jennifer Aniston

Monday, 23 August 2010 06:08 Written by  Eric Walkuski
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The Expendables

Another week, another batch of new releases to help close out the summer. With the hot moviegoing season almost at an end, five new flicks came into the marketplace to help pry some money away from last week's muscular winner, The Expendables. So who wound up being the victor?

As it turns out, none of the new movies were any match for Sylvester Stallone's crew of badboys. The Expendables is number one again with $16.5 million, down 52% from its debut. Not a bad hold for a movie that most expected to be extremely front-loaded, with a major drop-off thought to be a given. In this day and age, a 52% fall for a genre flick is pretty decent. The Expendables has already accrued $64 million domestically, with a lot more likely to come in internationally.

20th Century Fox's quick-and-cheap Twilight spoof Vampires Suck comes in second with $12 million this weekend; as it opened on Wednesday, it has amassed a total of $18 million so far. Vampires Suck comes from the dynamic duo of Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg, the team behind Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans, among other similar marvels. As Vampires, like their other contributions to cinema, was cheap to make (approximately $20 million), this will ultimately end up being profitable. Suck, Vampire, Suck might just be in the offing.

As for the weekend's other new releases... well, not much good to be said about them. Warner Bros.' Lottery Ticket, starring Bow Wow, won $11 million in its first three days. Not a great number, although it's worth noting that it opened in only 1,973 theaters, so it has a respectable $5,639 per screen average. Meanwhile, Dimension's Piranha 3D didn't have much bite, gulping down a paltry $10 million, a clunker by any standard, but especially sad when you consider the inflated 3D ticket prices... The less said about Nanny McPhee Returns and the Jennifer Aniston-starrer The Switch, the better - they both made around $8 million each ; at least the former is a hit overseas, having raked in over $62 million internationally leading up to its North American debut.

Next weekend marks the close of business for the summer moviegoing season. Not much to get excited about either: The Last Exorcism and Takers are the only new releases, while Fox tries to milk Avatar for some more cash with a re-release of the biggest film of all time.

Title..... Weekend Gross..... Total Cume.....

1. The Expendables - $16,500,000 - $64,890,000
2. Vampires Suck - $12,200,000 - $18,564,000
3. Eat Pray Love - $12,000,000 - $47,100,000
4. Lottery Ticket - $11,125,000 - $11,125,000
5. The Other Guys - $10,100,000 - $88,190,000
6. Piranha 3D - $10,035,000 - $10,035,000
7. Nanny McPhee Returns - $8,310,000 - $8,310,000
8. The Switch - $8,100,000 - $8,100,000
9. Inception - $7,655,000 - $261,848,000
10. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - $5,034,00 - $20,730,000

Source: Box Office Mojo

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