With a little something for everyone (with the possible exception of clinically depressed toddlers) one of late summer’s more fan-driven weekends at the box office got underway on Friday. The Expendables, the film with probably the deepest bench of supporters, came in first with an estimated $13.5 million from 3,270 locations. That was the point when Sylvester Stallone convinced 10 well-loved action stars to appear in his R-rated action extravaganza. The Expendables is now on track to bring in around $35 million this weekend, or over 80% of its reported budget. Fans of Julia Roberts (yes, they’re still out there) and Oprah’s Book Club were no less anxious to see how Eat, Pray Love would play. Sony’s adaptation of the popular memoir came in second with an estimated $9 million from 3,082 locations. Finally, fans of Canadian graphic novels, director Edgar Wright and Michael Cera – my people – have been following the progress of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World for more than a year now. Unfortunately, my people are few in number. Scott Pilgrim earned just $4.7 million on Friday from its 2,818 locations – 60% of what Kick-Ass brought in on its first day back in April. We’ll have full details on the weekend of battling genres tomorrow.
|2||Eat, Pray Love||$9,000,000||$9|
|3||The Other Guys||$5,700,000||$58.2|