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Weekend Estimates: Expendables and Julia Hit, Scott Misses

August 15th, 2010

With the season beginning to wind down, Lionsgate and Sony will be happy to have added a couple more hits to their Summer tallies this weekend, as both The Expendables and Eat Pray Love performed well. The Expendables in particular had a good weekend, earning an estimated $35.03 million, according to Lionsgate. That's Sylvester Stallone's best opening ever, and sets the movie on course for a potential $100 million run. Eat Pray Love posted a more moderate $23.7 million, which is impressive given its older-skewing demographic. It will need good legs to be a significant success, but its opening suggests it has a chance.

Weekends with three major debuts often prove too crowded, and this time it was Scott Pilgrim vs. The World that missed out, probably thanks more to competition from The Expendables and continued strength of Inception, than from Eat Pray Love. Edgar Wright's latest managed only fifth place with an estimated $10.5 million. Good reviews could help it to a decent run, but a per-theater average of under $4,000 suggests that it might have trouble holding on to venues in a couple of weeks' time.

Sony had three movies in the top ten this weekend, with The Other Guys dropping a reasonably healthy 49% to $18 million in its second weekend. Salt topped $100 million in its fourth weekend.

Inception was down 39%, and is now inches away from hitting $250 million. Toy Story 3, meanwhile, passed the $400 million mark, becoming the 11th movie to do so and the first Pixar movie.

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