The following is an excerpt from a new article on Hollywood.com:
Its looks like the dudes beat the chicks this as the stars of Lionsgateâ€™s â€œThe Expendablesâ€ told their audience to stop being girlie men and head to theatres this weekend, while Julia Roberts may have the last laugh with â€œEat Pray Loveâ€ and â€œScott Pilgrimâ€ searches for a dance partner.
Friday the 13th brought good luck to Lionsgateâ€™s â€œThe Expendablesâ€ as it earned an action-worthy $35 million weekend gross. This seems to be a magic weekend for genre movies as evidenced by last yearâ€™s same weekend $37.3 million debut of â€œDistrict 9.â€
Directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone, the film challenged the notion that star power doesnâ€™t matter anymore and to prove the point threw about a million action stars into its R-rated mix. With the watering down in recent years of movies for guys to a more â€œaudience friendlyâ€ PG-13 sensibility, itâ€™s great to see some good old-fashioned R-rated cringe-inducing violence and mayhem.
It did not hurt that Stallone enlisted a veritable whoâ€™s who of the action world including Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture and Steve Austin. This testosterone-fest flexed its considerable muscle, sent all the girlie men packing and easily dispatched all comers in this weekendâ€™s box office battle of the sexes.
You can read the full article online today at Hollywood.com.