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Movies that seem cheesy in the States – where audiences hate arthouse films but demand novelty in the mainstream arena – often haven't passed their sell-by date abroad

It's not been the finest month for old-age powerhouses at the Us box office. Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback film proper, The Last Stand, made a disastrous $12m. His old sparring partner Sylvester Stallone might have looked in better shape after his successful Rambo and Rocky resurrections of recent years, but his revenge thriller Bullet to the Head did even worse: only $9m. Bruce Willis took the safest course, sticking to a tested property for his A Good Day to Die Hard, and came out tidiest: $59m and counting. But that's still John McClane's worst performance on home turf (even before inflation-adjustment).

The results cast serious doubts about the future viability of the 1980s head-boy brigade – especially Schwarzenegger and Stallone, who are respectively eight and nine years older than Willis. »

- Phil Hoad

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