'Expendables' Seizes No. 1 Spot With $35M Debut; 'Eat Pray Love' Takes Second With $23.7M

Sylvester Stallone poses with Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke and producer Kevin King on the red carpet at the "The Expendables" premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on August 3, 2010 Sylvester Stallone poses with Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke and producer Kevin King on the red carpet at the "The Expendables" premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on August 3, 2010

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

Stallone and his pumped-up pals lifted the 1980s-style action romp “The Expendables” to a No. 1 debut with $35 million. 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.

While the macho “Expendables” lured male audiences, Julia Roberts delivered a crowd-pleaser for women with “Eat Pray Love,” which opened at No. 2 with $23.7 million. Adapted from Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir, the movie stars Roberts as a woman traveling the world in search of enlightenment after her divorce.

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