Shameless Pandering Wins the Day

There we are, boys. I've tunneled my way back to relevance!… or the weekend, actually. With an estimated $35 million gross, Sylvester Stallone’s dopey retro bloodbath “The Expendables” roid-raged its way to box-office prominence, cementing Stallone’s comeback and guaranteeing he’ll make more dour, preposterously violent action pictures in the years to come.

The Julia Roberts spiritual-journey drama “Eat Pray Love” took in $23.7 million. And Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”, which was easily the week’s best new movie, took in about $10.5 million, according to this firewalled Variety piece, which you can still sort of read if you tilt your screen just the right way and squint.

Ah, well. “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” didn’t set the box-office on fire either, but they’re still “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”. “Scott Pilgrim” will find its audience on disc, just you wait and see.