UPDATE 1-Stallone stomps on box office rookies

* “Expendables” earns $16.5 million

* “Vampires Suck” spoof follows at No. 2

* Bow Wow mauls Jennifer Aniston

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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, while new
releases starring Emma Thompson and Jennifer Aniston flopped.

“The Expendables” earned about $16.5 million across the
United States and Canada during the three days beginning on
Friday, crushing five forgettable newcomers in the dog days of

The 10-day tally for the action thriller rose to $64.9
million, distributor Lionsgate said. It dropped a respectable
53 percent from last weekend, when its $34.8 million opening
marked one of the biggest of Stallone’s career.

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.

Lionsgate, a unit of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp (LGF.N: ),
said the film opened at No. 1 in the U.K. with a four-day tally
of about $5.8 million since Thursday.

Best of the North American 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 after the summer break. Its early total
stands at $18.6 million, in line with expectations.


Dishonors for the worst flop went to Thompson’s “Nanny
McPhee Returns,” which was seen as having a shot at the top
spot. Instead the sequel opened at No. 7 with just $8.3
million. Its 2006 predecessor started off with $14.5 million.

The opening marks the third flop in as many weeks for
General Electric Co (GE.N: )-owned distributor Universal
Pictures, following “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “Charlie
St. Cloud.” But the studio tailored the film to the overseas
market, where it has earned $63 million since late March.

The studio’s North American promotional efforts included
having the two-time Oscar winner pose with a pig when she
received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Also new were: the urban comedy “Lottery Ticket,” starring
rapper Bow Wow, at No. 4 with $11.1 million, the toothless
remake “Piranha 3D” at No. 6 with $10.0 million, and Aniston’s
romantic comedy “The Switch” at No. 8 with $8.1 million.

The opening for “The Switch,” which co-stars Jason Bateman,
was in line with modest expectations. A year ago, the former
“Friends” star endured the same opening for “Love Happens,”
which wound up with $23 million.

“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 Dimension Films, a unit of the closely held
Weinstein Co. “The Switch” was released by Walt Disney Co’s
(DIS.N: ) Miramax Films.

(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Bill Trott and
Cynthia Osterman)

UPDATE 1-Stallone stomps on box office rookies