Muscles Trump Feelings as Expendables Takes #1 Spot at Box Office

"It's a man's world, but it don't mean nothing without a woman or a nerd." I'm paraphrasing James Brown, but the men were certainly on top this weekend as approximately 500 biceps rippled across theater screens to the tune of $35 million, putting The Expendables at the top of the box-office, over Julia Roberts' return to form Eat Pray Love and Edgar Wright's hardcore geekfest Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Looks like that call to arms worked, huh? This means there will now almost definitely be an Expendables 2, which director/star Sylvester Stallone wants to shake up the cast for. (If Mr. Stallone is looking for some casting ideas, we've raided our VHS libraries to come up with a few suggestions.)

While the soul-searching, getting-in-touch-with-my-feelings, fooling-around-with-James-Franco Eat Pray Love came in second (with $24 million), it was still Roberts' biggest opening since America's Sweethearts, which was the last time she played a role where women were able to root for her in any way, shape or form. It's not like women were getting their girlfriends together to go to see Closer or Charlie Wilson's War. Sadly, Scott Pilgrim was unable to attract enough of an audience to beat either last week's #1, The Other Guys, or the waning blockbuster that is Inception. Because while genre mash-ups worked in both of those cases, apparently fight-music comic book comedy-romance is too many genres to attract any one group. Especially since fans of fights were seeing Expendables, fans of love stories were seeing EPL, fans of comedy were still seeing The Other Guys and fans of reality-bending cinematic tours-de-force saw Inception. Again. It's like somebody is implanting the idea in their minds!

The Top Ten:
1. The Expendables $35 million
2. Eat Pray Love $24 million
3. The Other Guys $18 million ($70 million in 2 weeks)
4. Inception $11 million ($249 million in 5 weeks)
5. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World $11 million
6. Despicable Me $7 million ($222 million in 6 weeks)
7. Step Up 3-D $7 million ($30 million in 2 weeks)
8. Salt $6 million ($104 million in 4 weeks)
9. Dinner for Schmucks $6 million ($59 million in 3 weeks)
10. Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore $4 million ($35 million in 3 weeks)

Read our reviews of The Expendables, Scott Pilgrim and Eat Pray Love then read our lists of the best movies about food and who we want to see in Expendables 2!

Check out how Expendables star Dolph Lundgren is a modern Renaissance man.

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