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MOVIEGOERS SPEND LESS ON EXPENDABLES THAN EXPECTED

August 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Many box office pundits had predicted that The Expendables 2 would earn significantly more than the $34.8 million that the original raked in in its debut two years ago, with many forecasting a haul in the neighborhood of $35-40 million. It didn’t turn out that way. The film actually earned $28.6 million, certainly indicating that it will wind up becoming profitable for Lionsgate but also suggesting there won’t be an Expendables 3. Also in doubt is the continued franchise potential of Universal’s Bourne films after the second week of the first movie to star Jeremy Renner brought in $17.1 million to raise its 10-day total to $69.6 million. It too will probably produce a profit but not the massive kind that the earlier ones starring Matt Damon did. But while a another sequel starring Renner may be in doubt, one that would unite Renner and Damon has been rumored (such a sequel appeared to be set up in the new movie, with much discussion about the whereabouts of Damon’s character) and could produce a windfall. Focus Features’ animated ParaNorman debuted in third place with $14.1 million, about what was expected. Another newcomer, Sparkle, starring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston, also appears fairly certain to become profitable. Although it only earned $11.6 million in its debut, it reportedly cost just $14 million to produce. Yet a fourth entry in the box office race, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, which got a head start on Wednesday, wound up with $10.8 million for the weekend and $15.1 million from Wednesday. Overall, the box office was up 19.6 percent from the comparable weekend a year ago, when, in its second week, The Help took over first place at the box office with $20 million, down just 23 percent from its opening a week earlier.


The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):

1. The Expendables 2, Lionsgate, $28,591,370, (New); 2. The Bourne Legacy, Universal, $17,057,385, 2 Wks. ($69,618,465); 3. ParaNorman, Focus, $14,087,050, (New); 4. The Campaign, Warner Bros., $13,127,289, 2 Wks. ($51,435,826); 5. Sparkle, Sony/Tristar, $11,643,342, (New); 6. The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros., $11,011,349, 5 Wks. ($409,787,260); 7. The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Disney, $10,822,903, 1 Wk. , ($15,100,918 — From Wednesday); 8. Hope Springs, Sony, $9,111,529, 2 Wks. ($35,063,321); 9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, 20th Century Fox, $3,834,737, 3 Wks. ($38,747,058); 10. Total Recall, Sony, $3,472,829, 3 Wks. ($51,755,272).