Box Office: ‘Expendables 2’ remains the champ as ‘Premium Rush’ can’t keep up

“The Expendables 2” was the no. 1 move in America for the second weekend in a row, but Lionsgate and co-financier Millennium Films can’t be thrilled with the results so far.  The AARP action flick grossed another $13.5 million for $52.3 million in just 10 days.  That’s a good $10 million behind the first “Expendables” which had grossed $65.3 million at this point in 2010.  As it’s highly unlikely the sequel will be able to match the original’s $103 million domestic gross, Millennium will have to hope to recoup the picture’s reported $100 million budget overseas.

Holding on to second place is Universal Pictures’ “The Bourne Legacy.”  Tony Gilroy’s attempt to spin off a new renegade spy in the “Bourne” universe grossed another $9.3 million for $85.5 million to date. “Legacy” should easily cross the $100 million mark, but it’s nowhere near the return of previous “Bourne” features at the box office. The last Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) installment, “The Bourne Ultimatum,” ended up with $227 million domestic. 

Right behind “Bourne” in third place is Focus Featurs and Laika studios’ “ParaNorman.” The critically acclaimed stop-motion animated feature grossed another $8.5 million for domestic cume of $28.2 million in just 8 days.  It appears as though the potential best animated feature nominee will top out between $50-60 million at best.  Laika’s first endeavor, Oscar nominee “Coraline,” grossed $75.2 million in 2009.

Fourth and fifth place found two successful Warner Bros. releases. Coming in with $7.4 million was Jay Roach’s “The Campaign.”  The Will Ferrell comedy has $64.5 million in a little over two weeks.   “The Dark Knight Rises” grossed another $7.15 million for a stellar $422.1 million so far. “Rises” is officially the second highest grossing film of the year after “The Avengers.” 

Right behind “Rises” was Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” which benefited from positive audience reaction dropping only 34% for $7.1 million over its second weekend. The fantasy drama has $27 million to date and could squeak to the $50 million mark if strong word of mouth continues to spread.

Among new releases, the Joseph Gordon Levitt thriller “Premium Rush” found just $6.3 million.  Open Road’s Dax Shepard and Bradley Cooper action comedy “Hit and Run” has made $5.8 million since debuting on Wednesday.

After a huge Friday where it landed in the third slot, “2016 Obama’s America” had a dramatic fall on Saturday and Sunday landing in the seventh slot overall as it grossed just $6.2 million over the three-day. That figure is actually somewhat impressive considering the picture is still playing in just 1091 runs. For comparison’s sake, “The Expendables 2” is in over 3,300 theaters.

New titles this week include “Lawless” and “Oogieloves In The BIG Balloon Adventure” on Wednesday and Lionsgate’s “The Possession” on Friday.

Box office actuals are released on Monday.