Sure, "The Expendables 2" was much better than the original but it failed to match the box-office muscle of the first film. "The Expendables" stormed its way to the top two years ago with $34.8 million but now, the sequel, while still No. 1 at the box-office, only managed a $28.8 million debut. Sylvester Stallone and his fellow action stars, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme, created a much better sequel but I think the novelty is gone.
But the film, according to distributor Lionsgate, scored a strong A- from audiences so it may have legs to keep it going and going and going at the box-office.
Previous weekend's box-office champ, "The Bourne Legacy," fell a steep 55 percent from its $38.1 million opening. The fourth installment, aka reboot starring Jeremy Renner, slipped to No. 2 with $17 million. So far, the action flick has made $69.6 million at the box-office for two weeks.
At No. 3 was Focus Features' stop-motion animated spectacle "ParaNorman" featuring voices by Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck, Leslie Mann, Anna Kendrick, and John Goodman. From the companies who gave us "Coraline," "ParaNorman" tells the story of a boy who sees dead people. The film opened with a respectable $14 million.
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Meanwhile, "Sparkle" failed to, well, sparkle at the box-office. Starring "American Idol" winner, Jordin Sparks, and billed as Whitney Houston's filnal film, "Sparkle" entered at No. 5 with $12 million. This one's a remake of the 1976 flick starring Irene Cara.
Another new entry at the box-office was the feel-good Disney flick "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton which debuted at No. 7 with $10.9 million.
Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for the weekend of August 17th:
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 ($867,000 international).
10. "Total Recall," $3.5 million.
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