The combined muscle of “The Expendables 2” boys (and, er, girl) was more than enough to dethrone lone badass Aaron Cross of “The Bourne Legacy” from the #1 spot at the box office over the weekend. In its debut, “The Expendables 2” charged to the top with an not-unexpected first place finish with $28.7 million. That’s a bit lower than industry expectations, though, and more importantly, it failed to match or exceed the original’s $34.8 million opening from two weeks ago. I guess the luster has worn out a tad the second time around, which should worry Stallone and company plenty despite the fact that the sequel is clearly miles better than the original.
The Jeremy Renner-fronted “The Bourne Legacy”, meanwhile, fell to second place in week two, adding another $17 million to its total, giving it $69.5 million Stateside so far and $97 million worldwide. With the film still to open in more action friendly territories, including Japan and most of Europe, “Legacy” should eventually have plenty of legs in overseas markets. Despite a hefty $125 million dollar budget (honestly, where did all that money go? It really doesn’t show up on the screen), the film should still do well when all the receipts are counted. Will it earn the type of money pulled in by the Damon “Bourne” films? That’s looking unlikely, so I think ol Matt Damon will have the last laugh in this little adventure after all.
Other studio newcomers didn’t fair nearly as well as “The Expendables 2”. “ParaNorman” opened in third place with $14 million. Given that it’s the only kid-friendly film with expected wide appeal, that’s pretty disappointing, especially when you consider that it opened in even more screens than “The Expendables 2”, but barely earned half of that other movie’s numbers. “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”, with Jennifer Garner, wishes it had “ParaNorman’s” numbers. The film debuted in 7th place with just short of $11 million despite opening in over 2,500 screens.
Noteworthy: Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” has now earned $897 million worldwide after five weeks of release. In terms of 2012’s big-budget comic book movies, that puts “Rises” well above Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man”, which has since topped off at $692 million worldwide, but well below Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”, which has topped off at $1.48 billion at last count.
Via : Box Office Mojo