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The Expendables 2 tops US box office with $28.8 million

The Expendables 2

Story by Jack Foley

SYLVESTER Stallone’s The Expendables 2 has topped the US box office with $28.8 million but opened some way shorter than its predecessor.

The original action icon romp The Expendables debuted to $34.8 million on the same weekend in 2010.

The figures will come as something of a disappointment to Stallone and company given the extra star power – the sequel added Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Liam Hemsworth to its line-up, as well as giving bigger roles to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis.

However, David Spitz, Lionsgate executive vice president of distribution, is confident that the film will enjoy a good run based on word of mouth, which has been positive, and the fact that the film seems to be attracting older audiences.

He commented: “We think we’ll have a great run. Older audiences don’t rush out to the cinema on opening weekend.”

At second spot at the box office was last week’s champ The Bourne Legacy, which grossed a further $17 million to take its US total to $69.6 million. Combined with international figues, the film has now amassed a world-wide total of $97.7 million.

At number three, meanwhile, was new animated release ParaNorman, which took $14 million, while the Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis political comedy The Campaign slipped to fourth with $13.4 million in its second weekend.

Sparkle, Whitney Houston’s final movie, rounded out the top five with $12 million, a figure that came in at the lower end of expectations.

Elsewhere at the US box office, there was success for indie flick The Odd Life of Timothy Green, which took $15 million over five days to go some way towards its production costs of $25 million. The film stars Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton as a childless couple who dream up a 10-year-old boy.

And Disney-Pixar also made box office headlines as their latest, Brave, jumped the $400 million mark at the world-wide box office, the 11th Pixar title to reach the milestone.

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