‘The Expendables 2’ managed to top the box office this weekend, despite pulling in a markedly lower number than its predecessor. The movie pulled in $28.75 million over the weekend, compared to ‘The Expendables’ score of $34.8 million when it opened back in August 2010.
In number two, ‘The Bourne Legacy’ dropped 55% to pull in $17 million. So far the film is really trailing every other entry in the franchise, although the gross-to-date ($69.6 million) is middling, topping at least ‘The Bourne Identity’ ($54.4 million). All three of the other films went on to gross at least $120 million domestically by the end of their respective runs, which will be difficult for ‘Legacy’ at its current pace.
‘ParaNorman’ opened in third with $14 million. Stop-motion animation is a tricky sub-genre and even with a unique plot and little competition, it seems that ‘ParaNorman’ is going to have a difficult time making it big at the box office.
‘The Campaign’ slipped nearly 50% to fourth place, pulling in only $13.4 million. That’s roughly on par for a Will Ferrell flick and brings the movie’s two-week total to $51.7 million.
Finally, ‘Sparkle’–Whitney Houston’s last film role—debuted at number five with $12 million. Given that the film only had a $14 million budget, and the marketing efforts were very light—most people only heard of the project because of Houston’s untimely death–$12 million isn’t a bad number, and the film is receiving mostly positive reviews, which should help pull in more moviegoers on subsequent weekends.