The Sylvester Stallone thriller, which also features Jason Stratham and Jet Li as part of a team of mercenaries, raked in $28.8 million during its first Friday through Sunday run, according to movie tracker Exhibitor Relations.
"The Bourne Legacy" -- starring Jeremy Renner as a secret agent threatened by his employers in a spin-off of the popular series of films that had starred Matt Damon as Jason Bourne -- took in $17 million.
That kept it ahead of another new release, "ParaNorman," an animated movie about a boy who can speak with the dead, set to earn $14 million in ticket sales.
Political spoof "The Campaign," starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, fell to fourth place, with box office receipts of $13.4 million, while Jordin Sparks-vehicle "Sparkle" -- a Motown-style musical set in the 1960s -- opened in fifth place, with $12 million.
"The Dark Knight Rises," the latest Batman installment, slipped to sixth place, earning $11.1 million, just barely ahead of quirky fantasy-comedy "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," which was the final new release to make this week's top ten ($10.9 million).
Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones's romantic comedy "Hope Springs," about a married couple trying to get back their spark, was in eighth place ($9.1 million).
And rounding out the top ten, well behind the others, were teen comedy "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" ($3.9 million) and science-fiction action remake "Total Recall" ($3.5 million).