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Weekend Box-Office: August 24-26, 2012

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Expendables 2 still hits #1!

As the summer comes to a close, it's doing so pretty quietly -- even with all the gunshots and detonations, THE EXPENDABLES 2 didn't make a lot of noise in its second week. But it still fired up enough crowds to take the top spot again with $13.5 million, and Sly's mercenary mayhem has collected $52.3M after 10 days (compared to the original THE EXPENDABLES' $65.3M after that period).

The entire top four held their positions from last week, with THE BOURNE LEGACY again the runner-up with another $9.3 million (and an $85.5M total so far). In third with $8.5M is the stop-motion animated supernatural tale PARANORMAN, which seems to be getting positive reactions from audiences.

The Will Ferrell/Zack Galifianakis political showdown THE CAMPAIGN stayed in fourth with $7.4M, while THE DARK KNIGHT RISES sneaked up a spot into fifth with $7.1M and a $422.1M domestic total (putting it at #11 on the list of all-time domestic moneymakers). Disney's THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN wasn't far behind in sixth with slightly less cash (although they could switch places when the actual totals are calculated tomorrow).

You have to look allllllll the way down in seventh for a new movie: the Joseph Gordon-Levitt thriller PREMIUM RUSH, which opened to just $6.3 million. Gordon-Levitt may have been in one of this year's biggest box office performers, but taking center stage as a bicycle courier proved more of a challenge in getting attention than being a potential successor to the cowl (although PREMIUM RUSH getting being bounced around the release schedule for over a year probably didn't help either -- it was shot in Summer 2010, long before the actor filmed in Gotham).

The other new releases fared even worse -- Dax Shepard's low-budget chase comedy HIT & RUN (which had a Wednesday head start) just squeaked into the top 10 with $4.6 million. That's still better than Dark Castle's latest spooker THE APPARITION, which only scared up $2.9 million and didn't even crack the list. 

The biggest surprise on the list is the conservative political documentary 2016: OBAMA'S AMERICA, which expanded from limited release to more than 1000 screens, and took eighth place with $6.2 million and the highest per-screen average in the top ten. SPARKLE, TOTAL RECALL and DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS all departed the chart this weekend to make some space.

Next weekend brings the period crime story LAWLESS (aka THE WETTEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD) with Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy, the family movie OOGIELOVES IN THE BIG BALLOON ADVENTURE (huh?), and horror flicks THE POSSESSION and THE TALL MAN.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Expendables 2 $13.5 M $52.3 M
2. The Bourne Legacy $9.3 M $85.5 M
3. ParaNorman $8.5 M $28.2 M
4. The Campaign $7.4 M $64.5 M
5. The Dark Knight Rises $7.1 M $422.1 M
6. The Odd Life of Timothy Green $7.1 M $27 M
7. Premium Rush $6.3 M
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8. 2016 Obama's America $6.2 M $9 M
9. Hope Springs $6 M $45 M
10. Hit and Run $4.6 M $5.8 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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1:14AM on 08/27/2012
I know people don't like Ferrell and some hate him in fact but I love him and I loved the Campaign and I'm very happy it's doing good. This week's box office is kind of forgettable, nothing stands out (except for Obama's America which I'm surprised cracked the top 20) so..yeah,
I know people don't like Ferrell and some hate him in fact but I love him and I loved the Campaign and I'm very happy it's doing good. This week's box office is kind of forgettable, nothing stands out (except for Obama's America which I'm surprised cracked the top 20) so..yeah,
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8:41PM on 08/26/2012
Well I disagree with the notion that The Expendables 2 has to have a massive gross over $100 mil to be considered a hit. It already is because they are not big budgeted. It's smart to release so later in the summer, so maybe it will still cross over to the triple digits. Either way we know there will be an Expendables 3.

Just glad this very disappointing summer is finally over, yes i realize both The Avengers, TDKR & Spider-Man were huge hits, but they were kinda expected to be. All the
Well I disagree with the notion that The Expendables 2 has to have a massive gross over $100 mil to be considered a hit. It already is because they are not big budgeted. It's smart to release so later in the summer, so maybe it will still cross over to the triple digits. Either way we know there will be an Expendables 3.

Just glad this very disappointing summer is finally over, yes i realize both The Avengers, TDKR & Spider-Man were huge hits, but they were kinda expected to be. All the other remakes & sequels performed well under expectations. Let's hope Hollywood takes note of this in the near future.
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9:43PM on 08/26/2012
The budget of Expendables 2 is at 100M (according to boxofficemojo) comparing to the 70M of Ex 1, so its not exactly a low/medium budgeted movie either. Obviously there's overseas gross to compensate any lacking here, but an event movie like this deserves more, moreso when its that rare sequel which is better than the original in every way.
The budget of Expendables 2 is at 100M (according to boxofficemojo) comparing to the 70M of Ex 1, so its not exactly a low/medium budgeted movie either. Obviously there's overseas gross to compensate any lacking here, but an event movie like this deserves more, moreso when its that rare sequel which is better than the original in every way.
7:16PM on 08/26/2012
Disappointed in the lack of success for ParaNorman. That movie was a terrific surprise. Guess it joins the enjoyable Pirates! and Secret World of Arrietty in being delightful yet unfairly overlooked animated flicks. Especially disappointing considering mediocre dreck like Madagascar 3 and Ice Age 4 made lots of dough.
Disappointed in the lack of success for ParaNorman. That movie was a terrific surprise. Guess it joins the enjoyable Pirates! and Secret World of Arrietty in being delightful yet unfairly overlooked animated flicks. Especially disappointing considering mediocre dreck like Madagascar 3 and Ice Age 4 made lots of dough.
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4:29PM on 08/26/2012
Have to say, I'm a little disappointed with the collections so far of Expendables 2, as well as the low opening of Premium Rush. Both of those films not only have a fresh rating on rottentomatoes (67% & 75% respectively), they're also from those good old fashioned action-suspense genre we rarely see nowadays, I'd expect a bit more from their boxoffice. When even a combo of Action-Gods can't make a decent movie instant blockbuster, you know the tastes & priorities of audiences have changed. I
Have to say, I'm a little disappointed with the collections so far of Expendables 2, as well as the low opening of Premium Rush. Both of those films not only have a fresh rating on rottentomatoes (67% & 75% respectively), they're also from those good old fashioned action-suspense genre we rarely see nowadays, I'd expect a bit more from their boxoffice. When even a combo of Action-Gods can't make a decent movie instant blockbuster, you know the tastes & priorities of audiences have changed. I can only hope that the good word of mouth make EX2 cross its budget (100M) so that Ex3. Ex4, Ex5.... whatever will keep coming for old school fans like myself.

P.S. Keep going TDKR, ram that 450 barrier!
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