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August 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The old guys won again, but their victory was not as triumphant as it was on their first go-round. Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and the other crew members of The Expendables 2 wound up with an estimated $28.7 million for the weekend, well below the $35-40 million that tracking surveys indicated they would likely earn, and a long way from the $34.8 million that the original film earned two years ago. Two newcomers divided up the family crowd. Focus Features’ ParaNorman debuted on the low end of expectations with around $14 million and The Odd Life of Timothy Green came in below them with about $10.9 million. Also showing little sparkle was 20th Century Fox’s Sparkle, which opened with $12 million. Last week’s winner, The Bourne Legacy, slipped to second place with $17 million, to bring its ten-day total to $69.6 million. And Warner Bros.’ Campaign added $13.3 million to its coffers to bring its total to $51.6 million. And, in its fifth week, Warner’s The Dark Knight Rises crossed the $400-million mark with $11.1 million, to place sixth and bring its domestic total to $409.9 million. Despite the fact that many films performed more poorly than expected at the box office, business was up 12 percent from the same weekend a year ago, when the second week of The Help rose to No. 1 with $20 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. The Expendables 2, $28.8 million; 2. The Bourne Legacy, $17 million; 3. ParaNorman, $14 million; 4. The Campaign, $13.4 million; 5. Sparkle, $12 million; 6. The Dark Knight Rises, $11.1 million; 7. The Odd Life of Timothy Green, $10.9 million; 8. Hope Springs, $9.1 million; 9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, $3.9 million; 10. Total Recall, $3.5 million.

Final Figures for the Top Five Films

1. The Expendables 2, $28,591,370
2. The Bourne Legacy, $17,057,385
3. ParaNorman, $14,087,050
4. The Campaign, $13,127,289
5. Sparkle, $11,643,342