CORRECTED – ‘Expendables’ leads box office for second weekend

* “Expendables” earns $16.5 million

* “Vampires Suck” spoof follows at No. 2

* Emma Thompson, Jennifer Aniston in flops

(In paragraph 5, Weinstein Co. corrects sales of “Piranha
3D” to $10.0 million from $10.1 million, dropping film to No. 6
from No. 5)

LOS ANGELES, Aug 22 (BestGrowthStock) – Sylvester Stallone and his
merry band of mercenaries in “The Expendables” led the North
American box office for a second weekend on Sunday, crushing
five forgettable newcomers as the summer moviegoing season
started winding down.

“The Expendables” earned about $16.5 million across the
United States and Canada during the three days beginning
Friday, taking the 10-day tally for the action thriller to
$64.9 million, distributor Lionsgate said.

Stallone also directed and co-wrote the independently
produced $85 million project, whose multinational lineup
includes English tough guy Jason Statham, Sweden’s Dolph
Lundgren and Chinese martial-arts veteran Jet Li.

Best of the rookies was the “Twilight” spoof “Vampires
Suck,” which opened at No. 2 with $12.2 million. The movie
could have claimed the crown if it had not opted for a two-day
head start by opening on Wednesday to maximize sales before
school resumes. Its early total stands at $18.6 million.

Also new were: the urban comedy “Lottery Ticket” at No. 4
with $11.1 million, “Piranha 3D” at No. 6 with $10.0 million,
the Emma Thompson family sequel “Nanny McPhee Returns” at No. 7
with $8.3 million, and the Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy
“The Switch” at No. 8 with $8.1 million.

Lionsgate is a unit of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp
(LGF.N: ). “Vampires Suck” was released by 20th Century Fox, a
unit of News Corp (NWSA.O: ). “Lottery Ticket” was released by
Warner Bros. Pictures, a unit of Time Warner Inc (TWX.N: ).
“Piranha 3D” was released by released by Dimension Films, a
unit of the closely held Weinstein Co. “Nanny McPhee Returns”
was released by Universal Pictures, a unit of General Electric
Co’s (GE.N: ) NBC Universal. “The Switch” was released by Walt
Disney Co’s (DIS.N: ) Miramax Films.

(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Bill Trott)

CORRECTED – ‘Expendables’ leads box office for second weekend