March 25, 2017

‘Expendables’ takes ‘Vampires’ hostage at Friday box office

HollywoodNews.com: Sylvester Stallone’s action feature of elderly mercenaries “The Expendables” lived another Friday to take the No. 1 spot at the box office with $5 million.

The Lionsgate film currently counts a domestic haul of $53.4 million through eight days and edged out Fox’s new comedy entry “Vampires Suck” which bit into second with $4.4 million. Seeing a number of new entries heading into the weekend, Fox wisely bowed “Vampires” on Wednesday and in the comedy’s first three days it has drained $10.8 million into the studio’s coffers.

Opening in third was the Warner Bros. urban comedy “The Lottery” which won $3.9 million.

Fourth saw a tie between Dimension’s horror reboot “Piranha 3D” with $3.6 million on Friday and Sony’s feature adaptation of chick lit bestseller “Eat Pray Love.”

“Eat Pray Love” has made close to $40 million in its first eight days at the multiplex.

Sony has hooked sixth with its Will Ferrell action comedy “The Other Guys” arresting $2.9 million and a running cume of $81 million.

Miramax romantic comedy “The Switch” failed to turn any audiences on with $2.8 million in seventh. Despite all the news that its star Jennifer Aniston has generated on single mother parenting, audiences didn’t seem to connect the movie with the glossy headlines.

Universal/Working Title’s family sequel “Nanny McPhee Returns,” which was expected to give “Expendables” a run for its money this weekend, sweeped up $2.7 million in its first day for eighth place. Nonetheless, the film should see a bit of a spike in its matinee business, thus upping its weekend rank by Sunday.

Warner Bros.’ Leonard DiCaprio thriller “Inception” kept awake in ninth place with $2.4 million and a running stateside total of $256.4 million. Universal’s fanboy comic book comedy “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” continued to pale among its demo, falling to 10th with $1.6 million and a $17.3 million cume.

Photo Credit: Lionsgate

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