'The Expendables' sold to Spike TV

Cable channel to air latest purchase in April 2013

TORONTO -- Lionsgate has sold Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables" to Spike TV after last week's $34.8 million theatrical opening.

Spike TV, which earlier picked up "Kick Ass," will air its latest movie purchase in April 2013.

Besides Stallone, "The Expendables" stars Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, David Zayas, Terry Crews and Mickey Rourke.

"We're committed to monetizing our strong slate of films in all distribution platforms, and Spike has proven to be a perfect partner for our action thrillers," said Lionsgate Television Group president Kevin Beggs

The deal was hammered out by Rand Stoll, Lionsgate's executive vp of TV sales, and John Griffin, Spike TV's senior vp of programming.

"The Expendables" is produced by Avi Lerner, John Thompson and Kevin King Templeton.