'The Expendables 2' Leads the Charge as Summer Winds Down

on August 19, 2012 by Shawn Robbins

Lionsgate reports that The Expendables 2 opened to an estimated $28.75 million over the weekend, including $10.525 million on Friday and $10.075 million on Saturday.  The action sequel opened lower than its predecessor's $34.8 million debut.  The Flixster rating sits at 85% from over 40,000 voters, indicating very positive word of mouth among the target crowd.  The audience breakdown was 63% male/37% female and 65% aged 25 and older/35% under 25.

Focus Features' ParaNorman grabbed an estimated $14.009 million over the weekend, including $4.56 million on Friday and $5.42 million on Saturday.  80% of over 14,300 Flixster users gave it their seal of approval which indicates mostly solid word of mouth.  By comparison, the studio's previous animated outing Coraline opened to $16.85 million in February 2009.

Sony reports that Whitney Houston's final performance in Sparkle drew out her fans to the tune of an estimated $12 million debut.  77% of more than 7,400 users gave the flick their approval.

Following its Wednesday release, Disney estimates that The Odd Life of Timothy Green grossed $10.909 million over the three-day weekend.  With $3.4 million on Friday and $4.277 million on Saturday, that brings the estimated total to $15.187 million after five days.  The film's early word of mouth seems mostly positive with an "A-" CinemaScore and 75% of more than 12,200 Flixster users giving it their approval.  That's down only 3% from the film's score at the time of release.  The audience breakdown was 68% female/32% male and 58% over 25/42% aged 25 and under.

Universal estimates that The Bourne Legacy grossed $17 million (-55.4%) in its sophomore frame, including $5.3 million on Friday and $7 million on Saturday.  The drop is comparable to The Bourne Supremacy's 54% drop in 2004.  The estimated cume for Legacy through Sunday is $69.6 million.

In its second weekend, The Campaign tallied $13.385 million including $4.165 million on Friday and $5.27 million on Saturday.  That represents a 50% drop from its debut, on par with Anchorman (-51.3%) and The Other Guys (-51%) while slightly ahead of Talladega Nights (-53%).  The comedy's cume is an estimated $51.7 million.

Hope Springs dropped a modest 37.9% this weekend to $9.1 million, bringing its total to an estimated $37.8 million after twelve days.

Lastly, The Dark Knight Rises banked another $11.1 million this weekend with $2.5 million of that coming from IMAX.  Christopher Nolan's Batman finale now stands with an estimated domestic tally of $409.9 million.  The film passed Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($402.1 million), Spider-Man ($403.7 million) and The Hunger Games ($407.5 million entering the weekend) to become the twelfth highest-grossing film of all time.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

Tags: The Campaign, The Dark Knight Rises, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, ParaNorman, The Expendables 2, Hope Springs, Sparkle

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