Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: August 19, 2012

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Expendables 2 tops box office Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: August 19, 2012

The Expendables 2 will top the box office over the weekend, grossing an estimated $28.7 million. The original action mash-up grossed scored $34 million in 2010 and topped out at $103 million domestic and $274 million globally. However, this new effort has better reviews (read ours) and even more star fire-power, so it could potentially do better in the long-run – or at the very least at the global box office.

The film does beat the average opening weekend of most of its stars. An average Stallone movie debuts to around $12 million and a Statham vehicle usually launches to just over $10 million. Bruce Willis usually garners about $13 million worth of audience interest, while the average weekend gross for a Schwarzenegger movie is $15 million. Having said that, most of these films opened in a time when ticket prices were much lower.

Fellow action sequel, The Bourne Legacy dropped to second place, it should bank $17 million for the weekend, raising its cume to $69.5million. It looks like there’s life in this Matt Damon free franchise yet, in fact you could say it has been re-Bourne (zing!). Sure, it hasn’t managed to hit the grosses of the Damon movies, but it is difficult rebooting a franchise without its original star AND its original character.

Bourne Legacy drops to second place Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: August 19, 2012

Family film, ParaNorman (read our review) should score $14 million over the weekend – a relatively weak number when you take into account it’s inflated 3D ticket price.

The Campaign, should get another $13.3 million, showing that viewers are voting with their wallets on this. The film has now grossed over $51 million – it’ll never make $100 million, but it will be a solid hit.

Whitney Houston’s final screen appearance in Sparkle captured so-so audience interest in a crowded marketplace, grossing $12 million. It could potentially do a solid final number – if it finds audience traction.

The Dark Knight Rises is set to gross an estimated $11.1 million, for a $409.9 million total cume. It’s starting to tumble(r) down the box office chart, and it doesn’t have much life left, but it is a very respectable number (great even). Sure, it’s not The Avengers or The Dark Knight, but it has surpassed The Hunger Games as the second highest grossing film of the year at the domestic box office.

Disney’s The Odd Life Of Timothy Green is doing good business as a piece of counter-programming. The Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton film should see a weekend take of $10 million, for a $15 million total.

Meryl Streep’s latest comedy/drama isn’t finding a massive audience. Hope Springs should bank $9 million for a solid but it won’t reach the dizzy heights of recent Streep starrers.

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid should bank $3.8 million for a $38 million total, while Total Recall rounds out the top ten, grossing $3.5 million for a $51.7 million total haul. Globally, the Colin Farrell film is on track to cover its production budget, having grossed over $58 million abroad. However, it looks like Farrell won’t be back in the role of Doug Quaid.

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. Bit surprised as I expected more from the Expendables maybe around $40 to $50 million. The addition of Willis, Schwarzenegger, Norris, Van Damme promised more sales , but I guess the film as whole looks a lot like the first one, not really offering anything fresh or new. Still it should do more overseas.

    It looks like TDKR will just fall short of a billion but it’s tally is still impressive enough. Looks like Bourne Legacy will not make it to $100 million barley which is good. As the article says, its lazy and foolish from the studios to continue this franchise without the original star or character.

    And finally over three months on and the juggernaut that is The Avengers continues to make money upping its total to $1.48 billion. It should cross $1.5 billion very soon now.

  2. Too bad for “Timothy Green.” I wish it had done better. Maybe female audiences did not want to go to a movie that has a boy’s name in the title, lol.

    (Think: Tangled.)

    • All the estimates have the dark knight rises passing the one billion mark. TDKR is also catching up to The Avengers in the over seas mark. For a movie that had to deal with the Olympics, a massacre, and a narrower audience it had done extremely well.

  3. I’ll probably go and check out The Expendables 2 tonight after work. Girlfriend is at a conference, so I don’t have to try and drag her along to a movie I know she’ll hate. We’ll probably end up checking out Timothy Green next weekend though, although Hit & Run opens next week and that looks like it’s going to be a fun movie.

    • yeah I also wanna see hit and run! I think that is gonna be a surprise comedy this year. Looks hilarious.

  4. Just saw paranorman, best movie I have seen all summer

  5. Not sure why articles (not just here) make mention that DKR box office run is simply ‘respectable’. The movie will cross 900 million on Monday (even today if weekend estimates come in higher) and still can gather another 50 million worldwide over the next few weeks.

    Given what happened the night this movie opened I think the box office numbers are more than ‘respectable’. The unnecessary sensationalism the media bashed this story with (also giving the shooter plenty of fame he didn’t deserve) DRK STILL will make close to a billion dollars!

    Had this shooting not occurred the first two box office weeks could have made 20% – 30% more. Not to mention the mounds of people I still hear say they will wait to see this on DVD because they didn’t want to go to the theater to see it as initially intended. Stupid I know but millions upon millions of people are nothing but sheep that allow the media to dictate their lives.

    • yeah i know, i see it as if a movie makes more that double its budget worldwide thats pretty good. if it triples its budget its doing greate. but TDKR has almost QUADRUPLED its budget, and thats only “respectable”? not in my book.

      ps. thats going off of boxofficemojo saying the budget is 250 mil.

    • I honestly doubt that the “sheep” you describe could expect some sort of nationwide killing spree or copycats to appear after hearing about such a tragedy, and then decide not to go to the movie because of it. It’s not a question of media relevance. It’s a question of values in the decision-making process of that situation. If people stayed home it was probably out of solemnity and regret for the victims.
      It’s easy to reinforce the perception that this maniac scared people on a huge scale, and then terminate the discussion before anyone can disagree, out of a wish “to keep him from getting more attention than he deserves”. Unfortunately, ending the discussion that way forces the conclusion that fear won the day, whether or not that was the killer’s intention.

    • The second highest grossing movie of the year. The biggest opening weekend ever for a non 3D film. Inches away from 900 mil worldwide. It’s already The Dark Knight Rises is a massive hit, no two ways about it. It’s surpassed The Dark Knight’s foreign box office total, and still to open in major markets Greece, Italy and China.

  6. Where’s Spider-man? ;-)

  7. R.I.P. Tony Scott. Wow….

    • Omg. I can’t believe it.

  8. I saw The Expendables 2 this weekend with my wife and we both enjoyed it. She said she liked the first film a bit better and I’m inclined to agree. The sequel was almost too much of a good thing.

    I also rented the Sci-Fi action flick Lockout this weekend and found it to be a real guilty pleasure movie.

  9. Dark Knight rises failed to rise to the stature of it’s predecessor in my mind.

  10. Are they shooting up a Planet Hollywood?

  11. Was hoping Expendables would do better but considering 11 or 12 other movies came out last friday not bad

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