Box Office: The Expendables 2 Wins a Second Straight Weekend


The Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

With no competition from the newcomers, Lionsgate’s The Expendables 2 topped the weekend box office for a second straight time. The action sequel added an estimated $13.5 million domestically, a drop of 53% in ticket sales, for a two-week total of $52.3 million. Budgeted at $100 million, the film is the first R-rated action film to repeat for a second weekend as box office champion since the first Expendables in 2010. The Expendables 2 enjoyed a 45% increase from Friday to Saturday.

Also keeping its second place from last week, Universal’s The Bourne Legacy earned $9.3 million (a drop of 45.5%) to push its three-week total to $85.5 million. Internationally, the $125 million film has collected $43.9 million so far.

Focus Features’ ParaNorman dropped just 39.3% in ticket sales and came in at No. 3 again with $8.5 million. The animated film has reached $28.3 million after two weeks.

The comedy The Campaign also remained in fourth place with $7.4 million this weekend and $64.5 million after three weeks.

Moving up a spot into fifth place was Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, which brought in another $7.2 million its sixth weekend in theaters. Produced for $250 million, Nolan’s third and final Batman movie has earned $422.2 million domestically and $519 million internationally for a worldwide total of $941.2 million.

Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green enjoyed a drop of just 34.2% from its first weekend in theaters, adding $7.1 million in the sixth spot to take its total to $27.1 million so far.

Out of the new releases, Sony’s Premium Rush came out on top in seventh place with only $6.3 million from 2,255 theaters, an average of $2,794 per location. Receiving a B CinemaScore, the film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt was made for $35 million.

The biggest surprise at the box office came from Rocky Mountain Pictures documentary 2016 Obama’s America, which expanded to 1,091 screens and earned $6.2 million in eighth place, an average of $5,718 per location.

Ninth place belonged to Sony’s comedy Hope Springs, which earned $6 million and has collected $45 million after three weeks.

Dax Shepard’s new action-comedy Hit and Run opened in 10th place with just $4.7 million from 2,870 theaters. The Open Road Films release cost only $2 million to make, however, and it has brought in $5.9 million since opening on Wednesday.

The other new wide release, Warner Bros. supernatural thriller The Apparition, debuted out of the top 10 in the 12th spot with just $2.955 million from 810 theaters. The Todd Lincoln film, starring Ashley Greene (“The Twilight Saga”), was made for $17 million.

In limited release, Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson’s Samsara opened in two theaters where it made a strong $73,800, while Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me opened to $65,000 at New York’s IFC Center breaking the house record!

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.