Although The Expendables 2 debuted at the #1 spot with $28.8 million, the sequel performed below the original’s $35 million opening two years ago. With the box-office clout of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis as well as the momentum gained from the original, The Expendables 2’s box office numbers were definitely disappointing.
The Bourne Legacy did solid business in its second week, taking in $17 million (its domestic haul stands at $69.6 million). The feature proves that Jeremy Renner can carry his own franchise, and although Legacy didn’t receive the level of praise as its three predecessors, it’s safe to say the Bourne franchise is alive and kicking.
The stop motion animation project Paranorman checked in at #3 with $14 million, followed by the Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis comedy The Campaign with $13.4 million. Unfortunately Sparkle, starring Jordin Sparks and late singer Whitney Houston, had a sub-par debut, taking fifth place with just $12 million. Sparkle’s estimated budget is $14 million, so expect the film to easily make its money back and eventually turn a profit.
Rounding out the top ten, in descending order, are The Dark Knight Rises ($11.1 million), The Odd Life of Timothy Green ($10.9 million), Hope Springs ($9.1 million), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days ($3.8 million), and Total Recall ($3.5 million).
The Expendables 2 co-star Statham talks about the special bond between Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jason Statham)
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Posted by Greg Srisavasdi (Twitter: @Gsrisavasdi)