Stallone’s ‘Expendables’ Routs Crowded Field To Retain Box-office Crown With $16.5M

Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables” has fought off an onslaught of newcomers to finish on top of the weekend box office again.

“The Expendables” remained No. 1 for a second straight weekend with $16.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The action romp directed by and starring Stallone raised its total to $64.9 million.

Five new wide releases debuted to crowd the market, but none managed to pack in huge audiences.

Leading the newcomers was the “Twilight” spoof “Vampires Suck” with $12.2 million, raising its total to $18.6 million since opening Wednesday.

“Vampires Suck” was in a photo finish for the No. 2 spot with another holdover, Julia Roberts’ drama “Eat Pray Love,” which pulled in $12 million to lift its total to $47.1 million.

Debuting at No. 4 was Bow Wow’s comedy “Lottery Ticket” with $11.1 million.

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s cop comedy “The Other Guys” held up well in its third weekend, taking in $10.1 million and boosting its total to $88.2 million. “The Other Guys” was in a tossup for No. 5 with the horror remake “Piranha 3D,” which opened with $10.06 million.

Emma Thompson’s family film “Nanny McPhee Returns” premiered at No. 7 with $8.3 million. Jennifer Aniston’s comedy “The Switch” brought up the rear among newcomers, finishing at No. 8 with $8.1 million.

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