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Stallone looks likely to lead box office

Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables, an intense action-adventure starring heaevyweights like Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger looks to blast its way to first place in theaters.

hollywood Updated: Aug 13, 2010 20:10 IST

Three star-studded films aim to take the number one spot at the box office from The Other Guys, the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg cop comedy, which took the top spot last weekend in North America, knocking off Inception's three-week grip.

Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables, an intense action-adventure, looks to blast its way to first place in theaters with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World hoping to wrestle the position away as the title character battles to defeat the film's seven evil exes.

Julia RobertPilgrim, a romantic-action-comedy, directed by the UK's Edgar Wright and based on the graphic novels, will mainly appeal to a younger crowd. The ensemble cast includes Michael Cera, Chris Evans (The Future Captain America), Jason Schwartzman (Funny People), and Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air).

Next in line for new films is Eat Pray Love, starring Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem and James Franco. A strong cast, but the story which follows a woman on a quest of self-discovery around the world, is geared primarily for female filmgoers and fans of the bestselling memoir that the film is adapted from.

Though the action genre hasn't fared that well this summer (The Losers, The A-Team), The Expendables, which centers on mercenaries attempting to overthrow a South American dictator, should overtake the competition.

Stallone, who directed and co-wrote the film, pays tribute to the big action films of the 1980s and 90s, with fellow stars from the era, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundren as well as Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham, and Jet Li.

With premieres in Paris, Berlin and London, the anticipation for Stallone's film is also high internationally, with releases rolling out in countries over the last three weekends in August.

First Published: Aug 13, 2010 16:04 IST