Top-earning ‘Expendables’ actor

This weekend, the action extravaganza “The Expendables” explodes on the silver screen. The flick boasts one of the most impressive casts in recent memory, featuring just about every ’80s action icon out there, from Sylvester Stallone — who directed the movie — to Bruce Willis to Arnold Schwarzenegger who took a day off from being California’s governator for a rare cameo.

Of course, Reagan was president when most of these stars were in their heyday. In spite of all the explosions and physical derring-do, the average age of the cast is 52.5 years old, with the oldest, Stallone, being a year shy of receiving his Social Security check. Yet together, their collective box-office gross is a whooping $10,843,341,908. That’s more than the GDP of Mongolia.

So who earned the most at the box office? Who’s the youngest? Who earned the most Oscar nominations? Click ahead and check out the cast of “The Expendables,” ranked according to box-office gross.

BRUCE WILLIS
Age: 55
Year of First Film Appearance: 1982
Number of Oscar Nominations: 0
Total Domestic BO Gross: $2,638,266,221

In 2006, Bruce Willis was named an Officier Dans L’ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres (Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters) by the Minister of Culture of France, who said Willis “represents the force of American cinema.”

SYLVESTER STALLONE
Age: 64
Year of First Film Appearance: 1970
Number of Oscar Nominations: 2
Total Domestic BO Gross: $1,639,909,420

Sly was nominated for both the Best Writer and Best Actor Oscar for the same movie — “Rocky.” Up to that point, only two other people managed to do that — Orson Welles and Charlie Chaplin.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
Age: 63
Year of First Film Appearance: 1976
Number of Oscar Nominations: 0
Total Domestic BO Gross: $1,621,940,362

Arnold Schwarzenegger won the 1967 Munich stone-lifting contest, picking up a 560 lbs. rock while standing on two footrests. It’s a part of the city’s annual Starkbierzeit (“strong beer time”) festival.

MICKEY ROURKE
Age: 57
Year of First Film Appearance: 1979
Number of Oscar Nominations: 1
Total Domestic BO Gross: $641,360,414

Mickey Rourke turned down the part of Butch the boxer in “Pulp Fiction” that eventually went to fellow “Expendables” star Bruce Willis. They later both appeared in “Sin City.”

JET LI
Age: 47
Year of First Film Appearance: 1982
Number of Oscar Nominations: 0
Total Domestic BO Gross: $594,449,348

As a member of the Chinese National Wushu Team, Jet Li (who was only 11 at the time) performed martial arts for then President Richard Nixon on the White House lawn.

JASON STATHAM
Age: 37
Year of First Film Appearance: 1998
Number of Oscar Nominations: 0
Total Domestic BO Gross: $461,544,289

Jason Statham spent over a decade on the British national diving team, and he placed 12th in platform diving at the 1992 World Championships.

DOLPH LUNDGREN
Age: 52
Year of First Film Appearance: 1985
Number of Oscar Nominations: 0
Total Domestic BO Gross: $276,623,301

Dolph Lundgren has a master’s degree in chemical engineering, was a Fulbright scholar at M.I.T., speaks seven languages, was an elite marine ranger in the Swedish military, and is a third degree black belt in Kyokushin karate.

STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN
Age: 45
Year of First Film Appearance: 2005
Number of Oscar Nominations: 0
Total Domestic BO Gross: $165,491,166

Steve Austin (originally his wrestling handle, but now his legal name) was declared to be the most popular superstar in WWE history — even above Hulk Hogan — by owner Vince McMahon.

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