Box Office Review: Stallone on top! What year is it?
Sylvester Stallone continued the late-career resurgence started by Rocky Balboa by virtually willing The Expendables to the top of the box-office heap. The nostalgic piece of pulp hauled in $35M to easily dispatch Eat Pray Love ($23.7M). Last week's champ, The Other Guys, enjoyed a strong hold in its second weekend ($18M | $70.5M) while Inception continued to print money ($11.3M | $248.5M). The wonderful Scott Pilgrim vs. the World failed to catch fire and only earned a disappointing $10.5M.
The second half of the top 10 was led by the sturdy Despicable Me ($6.7M | $221.9M). After that it was Step Up 3D ($6.6M | $29.5M), Salt ($6.3M | $103.5M), the absolutely dreadful Dinner for Schmucks ($6.3M | $58.8M) and the pointless, stupid Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Pussy Galore ($4M | $35.1M). In limited release, the superb Australian crime picture Animal Kingdom earned a solid $9,157 per theater while Tales of Earthsea earned less than half that ($4,020).