‘Expendables’ tops Friday B.O.

Lionsgate actioner earns $13.5 million in 3,270 runs

The action hero is back.

Sly Stallone and the crew of “The Expendables” helped the film take the No. 1 spot at Friday B.O. A cast that includes an assortment of butt-kicking actors — Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger– earned the film an estimate of $13.5 million in 3,270 engagements.

Julia Roberts and her “Eat Pray Love” adaptation came in at No. 2, earning about $9 million for Sony in 3,082 runs. “The Other Guys,” also from Sony, dropped some 56 percent in its second week, taking in about $5.7 million in 3,651 engagements. Universal’s “Scott Pilgrim v. The World,” which stars Michael Cera, earned about $4.7 million in 2,818 runs. Rounding out the top 5 was the Warner Bros. thriller “Inception,” which grabbed about $3.4 million in 3,120 engagements.

Disney/Summit’s “Step Up 3D” took in an estimate of $2.3 million in 2,923 runs on Friday, while Universal’s “Despicable Me” chased it with about $2.2 million in 2,923 engagements. Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment’s “Dinner for Schmucks” comes in at No. 8 on Friday with an estimate of $2 million in 3,046 runs. Sony’s “Salt” took in about $1.8 million in 2,834 engagements.

Warner Bros. closed out Friday’s top 10 with their pic “Cats & Dogs 2: Kitty Galore,” which took in about $1.7 million in 2,728 runs.

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