The Expendables are Back on Top of the Box Office

Two years ago, Sylvester Stallone led a comeback of action movie has beens to the top of the box office with the surprise smash The Expendables. This summer he has added Jean-Claude Van Damme and beefed up roles for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis and done it again as The Expendables 2 debuts at # 1 with a good $28.7 million. While that was a little under the first films opening weekend tally, it was on par with expectations and worldwide grosses for this type of film are usually quite large. Falling to second was The Bourne Legacy which may now struggle to reach a profit it seems while last week’s other new releases The Campaign and Hope Springs held up well. (Springs looks like it will enjoy good legs in the weeks ahead slipping a small 37%)… Also debuting this weekend was the animated Paranorman with $14 million, the delightful musical movie Sparkle (which I enjoyed despite its flaws and gave a “B” grade too) with $12 million, and Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green with $10.9 million (and $15 million since opening Wednesday)…. For more on all the numbers head to Box Office Mojo here and check out the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N The Expendables 2 LGF $28,750,000 – 3,316 – $8,670 $28,750,000 – 1
2 1 The Bourne Legacy Uni. $17,020,000 -55.4% 3,753 +8 $4,535 $69,581,000 $125 2
3 N ParaNorman Focus $14,008,000 – 3,429 – $4,085 $14,008,000 – 1
4 2 The Campaign WB $13,385,000 -49.7% 3,255 +50 $4,112 $51,694,000 – 2
5 N Sparkle (2012) TriS $12,000,000 – 2,244 – $5,348 $12,000,000 $14 1
6 3 The Dark Knight Rises WB $11,140,000 -41.3% 3,157 -533 $3,529 $409,916,000 $250 5
7 N The Odd Life of Timothy Green BV $10,909,000 – 2,598 – $4,199 $15,187,000 – 1
8 4 Hope Springs Sony $9,100,000 -37.9% 2,361 – $3,854 $35,051,000 – 2
9 6 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Fox $3,850,000 -51.9% 2,737 -664 $1,407 $38,762,000 $22 3
10 5 Total Recall (2012) Sony $3,500,000 -56.3% 2,434 -1,167 $1,438 $51,782,000 $125 3

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