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Sylvester Stallone Makes Eat Pray Love Expendable - Week 15

Toy Story 3
Iron Man 2
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Despicable Me
Shrek Forever After
The Expendables
Eat Pray Love
In one of the more shocking turns of this summer season, Sylvester Stallone waited until he was 64 to have the biggest opening of his career. I think that was one of the items Paul McCartney forgot to include during the writing of When I'm 64.

Yes, even though we're in the 6th or 7th comeback of his career, The Expendables surged way past the $12 million and $18 million openings Rocky VI and Rambo IV with a vital $34.8 million. That's right on par with the numbers Angelina Jolie and Will Ferrell pulled with their recent films, and they're among the biggest draws of the last 10 years.

I guess it goes without saying that it's also the biggest opening in Dolph Lundgren's career, though his work in Masters of the Universe still remains unparalleled. In that film there was something about the way he over-annunciated each line to help mask his accent, it was almost as if he was speaking in slow motion. It's the performance they'll use to close out the video montage when he eventually wins his honorary life-time achievement Oscar.

Now, I get that books women read are big hits at the box-office these days based on the success of the Twilight series. Still, I was more than a little surprised to see they had a midnight showing for Eat Pray Love at the same theater I was watching Expendables. As if Oprah, Gayle, and the rest of the Book Club Fans just couldn't wait till 10 am on Friday to get their first viewing.

Apparently, many could wait as the film opened with $23.1 million. Much like Dinner for Schmucks a couple weeks ago, this isn't a terrible opening, yet certainly not one that inspires thoughts of a sequel More Eating Praying Loving. After Julia Roberts last couple films with Tom Hanks and Clive Owen haven't exactly set the world on fire, maybe it's time to dust-off Richard Gere's phone number. I'm sure Diane Lane won't mind after Nights in Rodanthe.

Sadly, Scott Pilgrim fought the world and the world won. He fought the world and the world won. I always have a bad feeling about quirky movies opening in the summer season and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World's $10.6 million debut doesn't exactly evoke any warm fuzzies. While this was much larger than director Edgar Wright's openings of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, those both had to go on to DVD to cement their cult-fav status and the same looks like it'll be said about Scott Pilgrim.

As to the two films that still are in play for the final top five, Inception dipped 39% and now sleeps with $248.5 million. Despicable Me continued it's hold falling only 25% and has freeze-rayed $222.2 million. Can the minions keep working their magic to knock Shrek off the #5 slot or will Gru have his pyramid deflated again.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:

#1. Toy Story 3 - $400.8 million
#2. Iron Man 2 - $312 million
#3. Eclipse - $295.8 million
#4. Inception - $248.5 million
#5. Shrek 4 - $237.2 million

This Week
Let the record show that as of August 20, 2010, Hollywood has given up on the summer season and is just releasing everything else they didn't want to give a real chance to in the fall. How else can you explain five different films opening wide with almost no chance of succeeding?

First up, The Switch… And the switch might actually be how Jason Bateman has oddly become a respected and accepted big screen presence while Jennifer Aniston still struggles with the perception that she's a TV actress "trying" to be a movie star. This is one switch that might never be reversed.

Nanny McPhee Returns to continue to haunt any memory I had of thinking Emma Thompson was sorta hot in the early 90's. Why must all my happy memories be dashed upon the cold, cruel rocks of unmerciful hair and make-up departments?

Lottery Ticket offers the touching, heart-warming tale of a community scheming and spinning on its head trying to steal the success of one of its own. I never get tired of those stories.

From the people who brought you Epic Movie, Date Movie, and Superhero Movie comes Vampires Suck. Why they didn't call it Vampire Movie so people actually knew what they were getting into, I have no idea. Here's guessing there won't be a Team Vampire Sucks club starting any time soon.

Finally, we have arguably the greatest cinematic achievement ever achieved that involves CGI fish, Piranha 3D. I mean, if ever there was a title that said it all, that's it. At once you immediately know everything you need to know about the movie. It's like getting an Extra Value Meal at McDonalds. You know exactly what it's going to be like but you're going to love it anyway.

by Matt Neuenburg on 08/16/2010

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Despicable Me, Eat Pray Love, Inception, Iron Man 2, Shrek Forever After, The Expendables, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Toy Story 3
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