“There’s no telling what excitement next week will bring.” That was the positive note I ended on last week and boy, was I wrong. This week was a very slow and disappointing week at the box office. In fact, this week had the lowest box office totals of the year. Hollywood’s most famous bad-asses dominated the weekend once again in The Expendables 2, while this week’s new releases didn’t even break the top ten.
1. ‘The Expendables 2′
Holding on to the number one spot this week is The Expendables 2. Even though the film is still number one, it saw a steep drop in ticket sales, only bringing in $13.4 million this weekend. The film is falling behind The Expendables with a 10-day total of $52.2 million, compared to the first film’s $65.4 million in its second week.
Related: The Expendables 2 Movie Review
2. ‘The Bourne Legacy’
The fourth film in the Bourne franchise kept its number two spot this past weekend, but only added $9.34 million to its three week total. That brings the total domestic gross of The Bourne Legacy to $85.5 million. With that number, and at the rate the film is grossing, the spin-off/reboot doesn’t have a chance of coming anywhere to the franchise’s previous lowest grossing film, The Bourne Identity (with $121.7 million total).
Related: The Bourne Legacy Movie Review
In its second weekend, the stop-motion animated film ParaNorman took in $8.6 million, bringing its domestic box office total to $28.3 million. That’s enough to pull the film into eighth place out of the highest grossing stop-motion animated films of all time. It’s likely that in the next week ParaNorman may take the sixth place from The Pirates! Band of Misfits, but will probably never catch up to Focus’s other stop-motion animated feature, Coraline (currently in second place with $75.3 million).
Related: ParaNorman Movie Review
4. ‘The Campaign’
This weekend’s number four spot once again goes to The Campaign. Adding another $7.5 million, the Will Ferrell – Zach Galafianakis comedy brings its three week domestic gross to $64.6 million. That is a really low number for Will Ferrell comedies. I think it’s a safe bet that The Campaign will never see $148.2 million (the lifetime domestic box office gross of Talladega Nights), and will probably not even make it to the $85.3 million box office gross of Anchorman.
Related: The Campaign Movie Review
5. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’
The conclusion to director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy dropped 34% from last week only adding $7.2 million to its domestic box office total. Although that’s not adding much to its total, it’s enough to bring the film up from sixth place last week. The Dark Knight Rises has now made $422.3 million at the domestic box office, which brings the film up to 11th place on the all-time highest grossing films chart.
Related: The Dark Knight Rises Movie Review
Next Week’s Releases
Can the Wednesday release of Lawless save August’s dwindling box office numbers? Or will we have to wait until Friday’s debut of The Possession to liven up the theaters?
Box Office Report: August 24th – August 26th
1. The Expendables 2 – $13.4 million
2. The Bourne Legacy – $9.3 million
3. ParaNorman – $8.6 million
4. The Campaign – $7.5 million
5. The Dark Knight Rises – $7.2 million
6. The Odd Life of Timothy Green – $7.1 million
7. 2016 Obama’s America – $6.5 million
8. Premium Rush – $6 million
9. Hope Springs – $5.7 million
10. Hit & Run – $4.5