'Eat Pray Love' made up ground on 'The Expendables' on Wednesday, but still had to settle for second place.

‘Expendables’ Holds off ‘Eat Pray Love’

on August 26, 2010 by Daniel Garris

Lionsgate's The Expendables saw its daily lead shrink on Wednesday, but was still able to barely hold off Sony's Eat Pray Love for the day. The ensemble action film grossed $1.642 million, which outpaced Eat Pray Love by a slim $20,845. The Expendables was down a sharp 21 percent from Tuesday, though it should be noted that daily declines on Wednesday were high across the board on Wednesday. Compared to last Wednesday, The Expendables was down a respectable 46 percent. The Expendables crossed the $70 million mark yesterday and is set to zoom past the $80 million mark over the weekend.

Eat Pray Love claimed second place with $1.621 million. The Julia Roberts vehicle was down 14 percent from Tuesday, which represented one of the day's stronger daily holds among wide releases. The film was down 45 percent from last Wednesday. Eat Pray Love is displaying very solid midweek holding power thus far, but needs to start holding up better on weekends going forward if it is to have a lengthy box office run. The 13-day gross for Eat Pray Love stands at $52.24 million, placing it 7.5 percent ahead of the pace of last year's Julie & Julia.

Sony's The Other Guys remained in third with $1.04 million. The buddy cop comedy was down 19 percent from Tuesday and down 46 percent from last Wednesday. The Other Guys has grossed $91.83 million in twenty days of release, leaving it just $8.17 million away from the $100 million mark. Sony will look to extend its summer winning streak this weekend when Takers debuts on Friday.

Though it was down 26 percent from Tuesday, Universal's Nanny McPhee Returns was able to move up one spot to finish in fourth. The family sequel starring Emma Thompson grossed $0.890 million for the day, which brings its six-day total to $11.60 million. Nanny McPhee Returns is currently running 29 percent behind the pace of 2006's Nanny McPhee.

Inception was up three spots from Tuesday to round out Wednesday's top five with $0.871 million. Warner's sci-fi blockbuster was down 12 percent from Tuesday and down 36 percent from last Wednesday. That represented one of the day's better holds among wide releases and places the film in good position to experience a very strong hold this coming weekend. Inception has grossed $264.85 million to date.

Fox's Vampires Suck and Weinstein's Piranha 3D were both down big on Wednesday.  Vampires Suck was down two spots and 29 percent from Tuesday with a sixth place take of $0.866 million, while Piranha 3D was down one spot and 28 percent to finish in seventh with $0.846 million.  Vampires Suck has grossed $21.90 million through eight days, while Piranha 3D has grossed $13.22 million in six days.

Tags: Inception, Nanny McPhee Returns, The Other Guys, Eat Pray Love, The Expendables

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