Scott Pilgrim vs. The Expendables

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So which movie will be the top grosser this weekend? In the red corner, we have Matt Zoller Seitz:

This weekend, “Scott Pilgrim” goes head-to-head with Sylvester Stallone’s 1980s-style, tough-guy action picture, “The Expendables,” at the box office. (“Pilgrim” will win, trust me. Box office is driven by young viewers, and young viewers don’t line up to see films starring 64-year-old men.)

And in the blue corner, Ben Fritz:

“The Expendables,” directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone, has men of all ages excited to come to theaters this weekend, with pre-release surveys indicating it will sell about $35 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada….”Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” based on a cult favorite series of graphic novels, has demonstrated only limited appeal among young men and is set to open to only about $15 million.

May the best man win. Which one are you planning to see?

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