Expendables Remains Top Dog at the Box Office

It was another weak weekend at the box office, with new releases failing to topple last week’s champ The Expendables and animated features continuing to hold up better than live-action.

The Expendables again topped the charts with a $16 million weekend take, with the parody film Vampires Suck debuting in second place with $12.2 million, just ahead of Eat Pray Love’s $12 million. Lottery Ticket opened in fourth with $11.1 million, followed by The Other Guys with $10.1 million.

Horror film Piranha 3D opened in sixth place with about $10 million in ticket sales, followed by Nanny McPhee Returns at $8.3 million, The Switch at $8.1 million and Inception with $7.6 million.

Despicable Me was the top-ranked animated feature, landing in 11th place with $4.4 million in its seventh weekend out. The Universal-Illumination feature has grossed $230 million domestic and $65 million overseas for a $295 million total.

It landed right behind the comic-book adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which had a $5 million weekend to bring its domestic total to $20.1 million.

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore took in $1.5 million to bring its domestic total to $39 million. DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek Forever After made $265,000 in its 14th week for a domestic total of $237 million.

And Tales from Earthsea, the 2006 Studio Ghibli animated feature getting an English dubbed release, earned about $10,100 on five screens in its second weekend of a very limited run.