Sunday, August 22, 2010
Box office news "Lottery Ticket"
The aging warriors of 'The Expendables' fended off five new challengers to maintain the No. 1 spot at the box office for a second week in a row. Of the five newcomers, only 'Vampires Suck' and 'Lottery Ticket' met pre-release expectations.
Even with the addition of 'Piranha 3D' this week, 'Expendables' remained the pulpy thrill machine of choice for moviegoers, earning another $16.5 million, according to studio estimates. Word of mouth for Sylvester Stallone's action hit remained strong, leading to an estimated 10-day total of $64.9 million.
'Vampires Suck' opened at No. 2 as the weekend's top comedy. The 'Twilight' spoof opened wide, on 3,233 screens, taking in an estimated $12.2 million from Friday to Sunday. Added to the two extra days of cash it earned by opening on Wednesday, the movie's total take so far is $18.6 million.
'Vampires' edged out last week's second-place movie, 'Eat Pray Love,' by just $200,000. Coming in third, the Julia Roberts travelogue earned an estimated $12.0 million, for a two-weekend take of $47.1 million.
'Lottery Ticket,' opening in fourth place, did better than expected, earning an estimated $11.1 million. The smallest of the five major new releases this week, opening on just 1,973 screens, the comedy also had the best per-screen average ($5,639) among this week's wide releases.
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