"Expendables 2" claimed the weekend box office title with $28.7 million in ticket sales, but it wasn't as explosive an opening as expected for Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the over-the-hill gang.
The R-rated action sequel from producer Avi Lerner's Millennium Pictures and Lionsgate came in under the $35 million analysts projected and failed to match the numbers put up by the original. That film bowed to $34 million and topped the weekend two years ago, on its way to $274 million in worldwide grosses.
Lionsgate, which is distributing the film, wasn't disappointed that the geezer gang wasn't as bad-ass at the box office this time around.
"We're focusing on the 'A-' CinemaScore," David Spitz, executive vice president of theatrical distribution at Lionsgate told TheWrap Sunday. "The way the film skewed, 63 percent male, 65 percent over 25, coupled with that good word of mouth sets us up pretty well for the next couple of weeks."