Weekend Box Office: ‘Expendables 2’ Crushes The Competition… Again

Expendables 2 Box OfficeIt seems there’s no stopping The Expendables 2. The rag tag bunch of classic action heroes ruled the box office yet again, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Premium Rush squeaked into seventh place. 

1. The Expendables 2 – $13.5/$52.3M to date Week 2

2. The Bourne Legacy – $9.281M/$85.5M to date Week 3

3. ParaNorman – $8.546M/$28.3m to date Week 2

4. The Campaign – $7.44M/$64.453M to date Week 3

5. The Dark Knight Rises – $7.155M/$422.188M to date Week 6

6. The Odd Life of Timothy Green – $7.125M/$27.080M to date Week 2

7. Premium Rush – $6.3M/$6.3M to date Week 1

8. 2016: Obama’s America – $6.2M/$9.1M to date Week 7

Lionsgate’s The Expendables 2 makes it two in a row with a chart topping $13,500,000 after leading the charge last weekend with it’s $28.6 million debut. Sylvester Stallone and a veritable who’s who of the action world featuring Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger will draw down on a second weekend at number one with a gross in the mid teens. With nearly $40 million in the vault heading into the weekend, the R-rated action film will crack the $50 million mark by Sunday night in North America. 

The Bourne Legacy from Universal Pictures starring Jeremy Renner takes second place in its third weekend of release with $9.3 million. Leading up to this weekend the action re-boot hit the $75 million mark and will boost its fortunes to over $85 million by the end of the weekend. The PG-13 action drama has proven to be a worthy if not as successful a successor to the Matt Damon-led films, but should spawn at least one sequel. 
Focus Features’ Paranorman in 3-D has garnered solid reviews for creators Laika, the stop-action animators behind Coraline and despite a lower-than-expected debut weekend performance has built a bit of a following. The PG-rated horror adventure scared up $8.5 million this weekend taking its 10 day performance through Sunday to around $28 million. 
Warner Bros.’ election year comedy The Campaign starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis posts a third weekend gross that put it in fourth place with $7.44 million. Finishing out the weekend with over $64 million in total campaign funds, the film has provided some much needed late-summer comic relief. 

Warner Bros. also takes the fifth spot with The Dark Knight Rises in its seventh weekend with $7.155 million in 2606 theaters. The summer season hit has earned $422.2 million to date in North America.

The newcomers did nit fare so well this weekend with all of them taking no better than seventh place. 

Sony’s action bicycle action thriller Premium Rush staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, cycled into 2,255 theaters this weekend. The PG-13 film depicts the pursuit of a bicycle messenger in Manhattan by a corrupt cop intent on obtaining an envelope containing vital information. 

A seventh place debut of $6.3 million is the reward at the finish line for the film by Sunday night.

2016: Obama’s America from Rocky Mountain Pictures has become a conservative documentary hit cracking the Top 15 last weekend in just 169 theaters and now makes it into the Top 10 with an impressive $6.2 million as it expanded into 1,090 theaters this weekend. The film has built an audience on the strength of its grass roots marketing campaign and its perfect timing in the final months leading up to the presidential election. The $5,717 per- theater average was the highest of any film in the Top 12. 

In tenth place with $4.675 million is Open Road’s Hit and Run written and co-directed by star Dax Shepard who appears with his fiancée, actress Kristen Bell in this R-rated story of a former getaway driver who jeopardizes his identity in witness protection to help get his girlfriend to Los Angeles. The film co-stars Bradley Cooper and features Shepard performing his own car stunts. The film has earned $5.9 million since its debut last Wednesday. 

Also opening this weekend is the PG-13 rated horror entry The Apparition from Warner Bros. which stars Twilight’s Ashley Greene. The film opened in just 810 theaters with $2.955 million.

Only one more weekend left in the summer movie season with only Labor Day weekend left on the box office agenda. Last year’s record breaking $4.4 billion tally seems unlikely to find itself challenged this year since we are running at around 5 percent off that pace at this point.