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The Expendables 2 tops US box office for second weekend

The Expendables 2

Story by Jack Foley

SYLVESTER Stallone’s The Expendables 2 has remained at the top of the US box office for a second weekend in what proved a bad one for new releases.

The Expendables 2 took an estimated $13.5 million, lifting the film’s US total so far to $52.3 million.

Elsewhere, holdover titles held firm while new releases generally flopped.

Primary among those was Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s critically acclaimed bicycle thriller Premium Rush, which could only deliver $6.3 million to come in at number eight.

The film follows a New York City bicycle messenger (played by Gordon-Levitt) who is pursued throughout the city by a dirty cop (Michael Shannon) who wants an envelope the messenger is carrying.

Trailing behind that was R-rated Hit and Run, which debuted to $4.7 million, despite the presence of Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper and Tom Arnold in the romantic action comedy.

Indeed, of the new releases to do well, only political documentary 2016: Obama’s America did well, emerging as the year’s most financially successful doc so far and taking just over $6.3 million to land in seventh spot.

The film is an Anti-Obama film directed by Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan. It is also now the sixth most successful political doc of all time.

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