The Expendables beats Eat, Love, Pray

Pretty Woman Julia Roberts' much hyped comeback film Eat Pray Love has lost out to the joined might of action heroes Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger whose Expendables topped the US box office.

The long-awaited film about a 40-something woman's midlife crisis raked in $23.7 million in the opening weekend, compared to $35 million brought in by the action flick.

Eat, Pray, Love, starring Roberts, Javier Bardem, and James Franco opened to mixed reviews and lukewarm box-office collections.

"The movie left me with a feeling of being trapped with a person of privilege who won't stop with the whine, whine, whine," said Rolling Stone magazine in it's review of the film, adapted from Elizabeth Gilbert's award-winning memoir about her travels to India, Indonesia and Italy.

The Los Angeles Times called the film "superficial". "It is unlikely to change anybody's life or even to provoke emotions anywhere near as intense as those experienced by its intrepid heroine. Its span may be global, but its scope is modest, and it accepts a certain superficiality as the price of useful insight. Watch. Smile. Go home and dream of Brazilians in Bali," said it's review about the film which was made on a budget of $60 million.

The film banked heavily on the appeal of Roberts, now 42, who became the one of the first women to command a fee of $20 million, thanks to her successful romantic comedies.

The Expendables on the other hand, also directed by Stallone, stars action veterans Jason Statham, Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren.

The movie is about a team of mercenaries headed to South America on a mission to overthrow a dictator's regime.

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