Sunday, August 15, 2010

Top 10 at the Weekend Box Office


  • Lionsgate's star-studded The Expendables easily topped the weekend box office with an estimated $35 million. The testosterone-spiked action flick co-stars Sylvester Stallone -- who also directed and co-wrote the screenplay. The film, featuring marquee tough guys Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke, captured the mostly male and under 25 crowds.
  • In second place is Sony's female-targeted Julia Roberts starrer Eat Pray Love -- which earned an impressive $23.7 million despite mostly mediocre reviews.
  • Despite mostly favorable reviews, Universal's geek-seeking Scott Pilgrim vs. the World debuted with a dismal $10.5 million in fifth place. The Michael Cera-starrer finished behind holdovers The Other Guys and Inception.
  • Collectively, the weekend's top 10 films rung up $119 million, or 8% more than top performers in the comparable frame last year.
  • And although it has now fallen out of the top 10, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 passed the rare $400 million mark in domestic box office on Saturday. The film earned another $2,165,000 throughout this weekend -- and now the 3-D animated juggernaut has earned $400,767,000. This is Disney's second film in the elusive (11-film) $400 million club, as it joins the studio's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest with its $423.3 million gross.
  • Toy Story 3 also became the highest-grossest animated film of all time by crossing the $920 million worldwide box office mark late last week -- thus moving ahead of Shrek 2 and its previous record $919.8 million global tally.
  • Reviews of Eat Pray Love, The Other Guys, Inception, Dinner for Schmucks, Despicable Me, Toy Story 3 and other movies can be found by clicking on the Film Reviews archive icon at left.
  • All figures are industry estimates. Final weekend figures are released on Monday.
  • Sources: Nielsen EDI,, Hollywood Reporter

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