Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, meanwhile, the supposedly epic Michael Cera geek comedy, bowed with an unpromising $10.5 million, made a discouraging $3,735 per screen, and further proved that Comic Con buzz doesn't always sound like much outside of San Diego.
Drilling down into the numbers:
• At age 64, Exhibitor Relations pointed out, Stallone has the biggest opener of his career. The Rocky/Rambo legend wrote, directed and shot up bad guys in The Expendables.
• The Expendables showed the big-screen The A-Team how it's done. Stallone's throwback action flick, featuring fellow old-schoolers Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts and Mickey Rourke, opened $10 million bigger than the earlier retro-vibing action flick—and cost tens of millions less.
• No, Eat Pray Love didn't have the firepower of The Expendables, but for a $60 million movie about the spiritual power of pasta, it was its own kind of strong, opening in the neighborhood of Julie & Julia, last year's $40 million movie about the connective powers of beef bourguignon.
• Eat Pray Love is the biggest opener for a Julia Roberts Movie (aka, not the Ocean's Eleven franchise) since 2001's America's Sweethearts.
• At least the people who saw Scott Pilgrim liked it. Its opening-weekend audience graded the movie an A-minus.
• And the hits keep coming for Toy Story 3 ($2.2 million), which slipped from the Top 10 after an eight-weekend run, but became only the 11th movie in Hollywood history to top $400 million domestically.
• Angelina Jolie's Salt ($6.4 million) is hanging in there—it just broke $100 million domestically.
Here's a complete look at the weekend's top-grossing films, per Friday-Sunday estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
Photos: Top 10 Movies at the Box Office!