With several new movies hitting theaters this past weekend, it was anybody’s guess who would end up on top. Whether it was a collection of the most badass action heroes who ever lived, or a little clay boy, the number one spot could have been taken by anyone.
1. ‘The Expendables 2′
The Expendables 2 easily made its debut in first place this weekend, even though it couldn’t reach the opening weekend gross of the first Expendables. Earning only $28.6 million this weekend, The Expendables 2 fell short of the $34.8 million The Expendables made this month in 2010. Even with the star power of Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, and Liam Hemsworth, one has to wonder: Will The Expendables 2 fall victim to the ‘sequel curse’?
Related: The Expendables 2 Movie Review
2. ‘The Bourne Legacy’
Falling to number two, The Bourne Legacy earned $17.1 million this weekend; a 55% drop from last weekend’s debut. While it’s not unheard of for a movie to drop that much in its second week, it’s a bit more of a drop than The Bourne Ultimatum (53%) and The Bourne Supremacy had (with 53% and 54%, respectively). With a total domestic gross of $69.6 million so far, The Bourne Legacy has some catching up to do if it wants to match the gross of the franchise’s previous lowest grossing film, The Bourne Identity, with $121.7 million total domestically.
Related: The Bourne Legacy Movie Review
The stop-motion animated film, ParaNorman took third place, debuting with $14.1 million this weekend. The stop-motion genre isn’t known for great opening weekends, but ParaNorman opened well enough to earn the fifth best opening weekend for a stop-motion animated film. The film is currently in ninth place out of the highest grossing stop-motion animated films of all time, but will probably not reach the top five and join the ranks of Chicken Run ($106.8 million), Coraline ($75.3 million), Tim Burton‘s The Nightmare Before Christmas ($75.1 million), Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit ($56.1 million) or Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride ($53.4 million). It will be interesting to see how ParaNorman‘s numbers hold up against Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, in theaters October 5.
Related: ParaNorman Movie Review
4. ‘The Campaign’
This weekend’s number four spot goes to The Campaign. Adding another $13.1 million, the Will Ferrell and Zach Galafianakis comedy brings its two week domestic gross to $51.4 million.This is fairly close to the pattern set by another Will Ferrell comedy, Anchorman, which saw a 51.3% drop in its second week. The Campaign still has a ways to go in order to come close to the highest grossing Will Ferrell movie, Talladega Nights, with a lifetime domestic gross of $148.2 million.
Related: The Campaign Movie Review
Whitney Houston’s final film, Sparkle, debuted to a modest $11.6 million. The film did very well for one that was not heavily marketed and had an estimated budget of only $14 million. Although with the opening it had, Sparkle likely won’t stay in the top five for long.
Next Week’s Releases
Will Premium Rush ride like hell to take first place from The Expendables 2? Will we see The Apparition take the number one spot? Or will Hit & Run take down the competition? There’s no telling what excitement next week will bring.
Box Office Report: August 17th – August 19th
1. The Expendables 2 – $28.6 million
2. The Bourne Legacy – $17.1 million
3. ParaNorman – $14.1 million
4. The Campaign – $13.1 million
5. Sparkle – $11.6 million
6. The Dark Knight Rises – $11 million
7. The Odd Life of Timothy Green – $10.8 million
8. Hope Springs – $9.1 million
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – $3.8 million
10. Total Recall – $3.5 million