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Weekend Box-Office: August 17-19, 2012

08.19.2012

Sly and the gang hit #1 with #2!

Sylvester Stallone and his macho men of mayhem returned to theaters with copious explosions and gratuitous carnage, putting THE EXPENDABLES 2 in the top spot with $28.7 million.

Despite some additional action-star firepower, a bigger budget and even more spent ammunition, the Simon West-directed sequel missed the first movie's bullseye of $34.8M (despite expectations it would perform the same or better). The original THE EXPENDABLES went on to $103M domestically two years ago, plus another $171.4M from international crowds, and THE EXPENDABLES 2 has decent word-of-mouth and could have even stronger overseas appeal.

Last weekend's champ THE BOURNE LEGACY dropped a little more than half its business to grasp second place with another $17 million (but even without series star Matt Damon, LEGACY is the most expensive movie to bear the Bourne name with a $125M budget). The #2 from last week, the Will Ferrell/Zack Galifianakis political showdown THE CAMPAIGN, also slipped by around 50% to land in fourth with $13.3 million.

The rest of the weekend's new features were sprinkled among the chart, with PARANORMAN performing strongest in #3 with a $14 million opening. The stop-motion animated supernatural family film came from the company behind 2009's CORALINE, which started out with $16.8M and went on to $75.2M domestically. The musical drama SPARKLE, featuring the late Whitney Houston, premiered in fifth with $12M (its budget was only $14M), and Disney's homegrown-boy fantasy THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN (which opened Wednesday) took the seventh spot with $10.9M for the weekend.

After five weeks in theaters, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES had to settle for sixth place but has crossed the $400 million mark (and surpassed THE HUNGER GAMES' $407.6M), and it now sits just outside the Top 10 all-time domestic money-makers -- it just has to beat TOY STORY 3's $415M and THE LION KING's $422.7M. But don't expect it to crack into the top all-time worldwide grosses -- it's currently at #28, even with its $855M global total.

The elder romcom HOPE SPRINGS is still doing decent counterprogramming business, while the TOTAL RECALL update is about to become a distant memory. Outside the Top 10, limited releases of the thriller COMPLIANCE, ROBOT & FRANK and David Cronenberg's COSMOPOLIS had the weekend's highest per-screen averages.

This was the first weekend in some time where more than four movies made over $10M (that hasn't happened since early July). But even without the Olympics competing for attention, there still seems to be some hesitation about heading to theaters post-Colorado massacre -- and not without reason, as this week had bomb threats at Carmike Cinemas, and some guy accidentally shot himself in the ass at a Nevada theater. With solid-looking releases on the schedule but no real must-see "event" material (maybe TAKEN 2?) until Bond returns in November with SKYFALL, that lack of theater-going enthusiasm might not change for a while...

Next week puts Joseph Gordon-Levitt on a bicycle in the courier thriller PREMIUM RUSH, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell hit the road in the action-comedy HIT & RUN (on Wednesday), and spooks appear in the horror flick THE APPARITION.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Expendables 2 $28.7 M
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2. The Bourne Legacy $17 M $69.5 M
3. ParaNorman $14 M
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4. The Campaign $13.3 M $51.6 M
5. Sparkle $12 M
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6. The Dark Knight Rises $11.1 M $409.9 M
7. The Odd Life of Timothy Green $10.9 M $15.1 M
8. Hope Springs $9.1 M $35 M
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days $3.8 M $38.7 M
10. Total Recall $3.5 M $51.7 M

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2:58AM on 08/21/2012

Expendables 2

Sylvester Stallone did great job in this movie.I like it.Movie get a good collection.
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Sylvester Stallone did great job in this movie.I like it.Movie get a good collection.
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2:20AM on 08/20/2012

good movie

I like the movie and the as always Sylvester Stallone is rocking ..
I like the movie and the as always Sylvester Stallone is rocking ..
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11:40PM on 08/19/2012
While everyone is talking about EXP2, I'll talk about ParaNorman. I really hoped that it would do well this weekend, and I guess it did "okay." One would think a more appropriate release would be near Halloween. Nonetheless, I urge everyone to go see it. Hopefully, it holds up in the coming weekends.
While everyone is talking about EXP2, I'll talk about ParaNorman. I really hoped that it would do well this weekend, and I guess it did "okay." One would think a more appropriate release would be near Halloween. Nonetheless, I urge everyone to go see it. Hopefully, it holds up in the coming weekends.
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8:33PM on 08/19/2012
Maybe it will do better in the coming weekends. I hope word of mouth is good because EX2 was awesome. Even with an opening lower than the first, I think we will see a third. That makes me happy.
Maybe it will do better in the coming weekends. I hope word of mouth is good because EX2 was awesome. Even with an opening lower than the first, I think we will see a third. That makes me happy.
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8:05PM on 08/19/2012
It's very smart to release Expendables 2 at the end of August so it can get a decent gross or else it would have been killed if it were released sooner. Although considering how lackluster this summer has been minus Avengers & TDKR, i don't think it wouldn't have mattered. I will be checking out EXP2 later this week. It's not gonna have a massive gross or top the original, but thats ok because these films are made simply for fans of the genre & for sure we see number 3.
It's very smart to release Expendables 2 at the end of August so it can get a decent gross or else it would have been killed if it were released sooner. Although considering how lackluster this summer has been minus Avengers & TDKR, i don't think it wouldn't have mattered. I will be checking out EXP2 later this week. It's not gonna have a massive gross or top the original, but thats ok because these films are made simply for fans of the genre & for sure we see number 3.
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3:52PM on 08/19/2012

A solid start for EXP2

$28.75 mil is a solid start for this movie. Maybe its not the unrealistic huge numbers some people were hoping for, but Lionsgate studio was only expecting low 30s mil at best for opening WE. With the good reviews and word of mouth its receiving, it should have strong legs in the coming weeks.
$28.75 mil is a solid start for this movie. Maybe its not the unrealistic huge numbers some people were hoping for, but Lionsgate studio was only expecting low 30s mil at best for opening WE. With the good reviews and word of mouth its receiving, it should have strong legs in the coming weeks.
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3:36PM on 08/19/2012
More people need to see Expendables 2 ASAP. I really want a #3 in this franchise. Plus, the movie is actually great (if you enjoy old school action films). Well worth the money.
More people need to see Expendables 2 ASAP. I really want a #3 in this franchise. Plus, the movie is actually great (if you enjoy old school action films). Well worth the money.
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3:26PM on 08/19/2012
EX2 is much better than the first, and has some decent reviews. Disappointed it has taken less than the previous movie. Hopefully word of mouth will improve the overall take!
EX2 is much better than the first, and has some decent reviews. Disappointed it has taken less than the previous movie. Hopefully word of mouth will improve the overall take!
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3:19PM on 08/19/2012

damn that sucks

even less than I was expecting for Ex2 after friday estimates (30 million) what a shame... I rarely care if a movie does well or not, but one like this which basically carries the future mainstream success of the action genre on it's shoulders, it's a movie I want to do well financially regardless. Really hoping it's huge overseas...
even less than I was expecting for Ex2 after friday estimates (30 million) what a shame... I rarely care if a movie does well or not, but one like this which basically carries the future mainstream success of the action genre on it's shoulders, it's a movie I want to do well financially regardless. Really hoping it's huge overseas...
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