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Pain & Gain tops US box office with $20 million

Pain & Gain

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Bay’s Pain & Gain has topped the US box office with $20 million on the final weekend before the arrival of the official summer blockbusters.

Based on a true story, the film follows a trio of bodybuilders (played by Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie) as they get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes horribly awry.

It also stars Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Rob Corddry, Rebel Wilson and Bar Paly and cost a modest $26 million to produce – a modest budget for a Bay production. But the film represents a labour of love for the director.

Where Pain & Gain did better than expected at the box office, the week’s other big new arrival, The Big Wedding – starring Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried and Topher Grace – performed well below expectation.

The comedy took only $7.5 million to place fourth.

Last week’s winner, Tom Cruise sci-fi epic Oblivion held well in its second weeking, slipping to No.2 with $17.4 million. It took a further $12.8 million overseas to bring its global total to date to $198.8 million.

Jackie Robinson baseball biopic 42 also continued to perform well, slipping to third with $10.7 million and pushing its US total to $69.1 million, while animated family adventure The Croods placed fifth, bringing its US total to $163 million.