Weekend box office: The Expendables 2 and The Bourne Legacy are still at the top

Weekend box office: Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham in The Expendables 2

I guess the easiest way for a mediocre movie to have moderate success at the weekend box office is to be released at a time when there’s little to no competition.  The last couple of weekends in August and the first couple in September are traditionally some of the weakest of the year, so it’s no surprise that THE EXPENDABLES 2 managed to make it two weeks in a row at number one.  THE BOURNE LEGACY finished in second place again, putting it on pace to finish with $100 million domestically.  It looks like both the Expendables and Bourne franchises will be gearing up for more sequels after finding box office success.

The new movies of the weekend didn’t too well either.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s PREMIUM RUSH couldn’t crack the top five, while THE APPARITION barely managed to crack the top ten.  However, the giant surprise of the weekend is 2016 OBAMA’S AMERICA.  The film is considered anti-Obama and takes a look at what the documentarians think America will look like if Obama wins a second term.  Political views aside, I’m surprised a politically charged documentary would be able to pull in five million, even in an election year.  But people go crazy for politics and religion and now seems to be a good time to make a movie about either.

Next week should fare better as we see the release of John Hillcoat’s LAWLESS.  I think the Weinsteins are hoping that the good press Tom Hardy got as Bane will carry over into LAWLESS and maybe fans will fill the theaters to see him in action again.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. The Expendables 2 $12.3m

2. The Bourne Legacy $8.8m

3. ParaNorman $7.8m

4. The Campaign $7m

5. The Dark Knight Rises $7m

6. The Odd Life of Timothy Green $6.8m

7. 2016 Obama’s America $5.7m

8. Premium Rush $5.7m

9. Hope Springs $5.6m

10. Hit and Run $4.3m


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