The Expendables easily held on to the top spot at the box office in one of the weakest weekends since early this year. It slipped more than 51% in its second weekend, but it was well more than enough to fend off the advances of five new releases. The ensemble action extravaganza is a definite crowd pleaser. It is simple to follow and contains plenty of the action audiences crave, or at least I crave. Will it be able to hold on for another week? Probably not, but I doubt the weekend will be any stronger.
The number two film of the week is a depressing one. At least for me it is. The movie is none other than Vampires Suck from the incredibly imaginative minds of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Yes, that was a little bit of sarcasm. No, I have not seen it, but I have been subjected to enough movies from these two to know I don't want anymore. I like dumb comedy as much as the next guy but you have to draw the line somewhere and these guys are not funny at all.
Frankly, this was not a great week for the new releases and the ones people went to see were not necessarily the good ones. I am sure that every movie has its fans, but sometimes you have to wonder, right? A movie like Scott Pilgrm vs. The World lands in tenth place in its second week out and I have to wonder why. I mean people complain about the dearth of original films and when one comes, no one goes.
Of the new releases that came out this weekend, my choice for the best came in a disappointing sixth. Piranha 3D was an absolute blast of old-school, 1980s-era exploitation. Blood, gore, gratuitous nudity, bad language, and an over-the-top plot round it out. It really has to be seen to be believed and is just an all around blast. I just wish it did a little better.