This weekend has proven something to me: no matter how many recommendations Oprah gives to people for books to read, they will always be trumped by 80’s action stars.
The Expendables has won the weekend. And not just won the weekend, it hunted it down like someone who owes Mickey Rourke his old face, and pummeled it into submission. The Expendables and Inception have both proven that if you make movies for an older audience, older audiences will always, always, always show up to the theaters. Eat, Pray, Love also scored big for the weekend, proving that when you combine tales of indulgent women finding themselves with Julia Roberts, you will always have an audience. What didn’t score as well? Scott Pilgrim. Which is a travesty, being that it was directed by Edgar Wright – who has never done a bad movie. But apparently the geeks who were talking about how it’d be an amazing movie were the only ones who actually saw it.
Eat, Pray, Love opened with 23.1 million dollars. In addition, researchers have found that a year of actually eating, praying, and loving will actually leave you in the poorhouse. Which is an interesting piece of information.
Most importantly, though, The Expendables marks the best opening ever for Steve Austin. Which should count for something.