Veteran Action Stars Take Down Bourne & Whitney

Sylvester Stallone and his crew of senior citizen mercenaries were top dogs at this weekend’s box office, walking away with $28 million. That said, even with more muscle, the “The Expendables 2” failed to match the opening of its predecessor. Back in 2010, “The Expendables” shot to the top with $35 million. Despite the lower grosses, the sequel is receiving better reviews and dipped only 3% from Friday to Saturday as opposed to the first film which dropped 11%. That should bode well for a lengthy run.

The action flick wasn’t the only newbie in theaters this weekend. Focus Features’ animated comedy “ParaNorman, about a boy leading the fight against zombies that rise from the grave, was No. 3 with $14 million. Debuting also in the Top 5 was Jordin Sparks’ acting debut and Whitney Houston’s last film, “Sparkle“. The remake of the 1976 film sang to fifth place with $12 million. With a reported budget of only $14, the film should prove profitable for Sony.

Rounding out the Top 5 were “The Bourne Legacy” which added another $17 million and “The Campaign” with $13.5 million landing at No. 2 and No. 4 respectively. The fourth installment of the spy franchise dropped a steep 55% from its debut, while the comedy dropped only 50%. Check out how other films fared at this weekend’s box office below.

  • 1. The Expendables 2: $28,750,000 (opening)
  • 2. The Bourne Legacy: $17,020,000 ($69,600,000 total)
  • 3. ParaNorman: $14,008,000 (opening)
  • 4. The Campaign: $13,385,000 ($51,694,000 total)
  • 5. Sparkle: $12,000,000 (opening)
  • 6. The Dark Knight Rises: $11,140,000 ($409,916,000 total)
  • 7. The Odd Life of Timothy Green: $10,909,000 ($15,187,000 total)
  • 8. Hope Springs: $9,100,000 ($35,051,000 total)
  • 9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days: $3,850,000 ($38,762,000 total)
  • 10. Total Recall: $3,500,000 ($51,782,000 total)