At The Movies: ‘The Expendables’ Tops Weekend Box Office For Second Weekend

By Tim Boswell  |  08/23/2010

Expendable movieFor the second weekend in a row, Sylvester Stallone's newest action flick, "The Expendables", reigned supreme at the box office, despite a slew of new releases including "Vampires Suck," Ice Cube's "Lottery Ticket", Jennifer Aniston's "The Switch" and "Piranha 3D".

The Stallone-directed film raked in $16.5 million this weekend, raising its two-week total to $64.9 million so far.

In at #2 was the "Twilight" spoof, "Vampires Suck," pulling in $12.2 million, but took in $18.6 million since it opened Wednesday. The parody film, mocks the "Twilight" franchise with a story about a moody schoolgirl in a love triangle with a vampire and a werewolf.

"Vampires Suck" just edged out the Julia Roberts drama "Eat Pray Love," which fell from #2 to #3 this week with $12 million.

The Cube Vision comedy, "Lottery Ticket" debuts at #4 with $11.1 million. It features rapper Bow Wow as a young man who becomes the talk of his neighborhood when he wins a $370 million lottery jackpot.

Rounding out the top 5 is "The Other Guys", which earned $10.1 million in its third weekend.

Outside the top 5 there were three more wide releases...

"Piranha 3D" landed at #6 with just over $10 million. It was inspired by the low-budget 1978 "Piranha," this time in 3D though. It's set at a lake where spring-break partygoers are consumed by prehistoric man-eating fish.

The sequel "Nanny McPhee Returns" opened at #7 with; and Jeniffer Aniston's "The Switch" opened at #8 with a meager $8.1 million.

That wraps things up this weekend. Next weekend, look out for the release of "Avatar: Special Edition" opening in 700+ theaters, the horror flick "The Last Exorcism" and the action/crime film "The Takers" starring Chris Brown, Hayden Christensen, Matt Dillion, Idris Elba, T.I., and Paul Walker.

This weekend's top 10 is as follows:

1 - "The Expendables," $16.5 million.
2 - "Vampires Suck," $12.2 million.
3 - "Eat Pray Love," $12 million.
4 - "Lottery Ticket," $11.1 million.
5 - "The Other Guys," $10.1 million.
6 - "Piranha 3D," $10 million.
7 - "Nanny McPhee Returns," $8.3 million.
8 - "The Switch," $8.1 million.
9 - "Inception," $7.6 million.
10 - "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," $5 million.