The “Expendables 2” remained in the top spot in the North American box office for the second week as competition from two new movies was rather light. Ticket sales for the action movie from Friday until Sunday reached $13.5 million basing on studio projections.
The cast of the movie is composed of some of the biggest actions stars of the 1980s including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. The movie has already accounted for $52.3 million in ticket sales for the past two weekends.
No new big-budget movies of sequels were released by studios as the summer season winds down for Hollywood. The two new films did not offer much competition to the action film as “Premium Rush” only accounted for $6.3 million in ticket sales that was good for seventh place while “Hit & Run” copped the tenth position in the list.
The movie, “Premium Rush”, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a big messenger being is pursued by a cop in New York City. On the other hand “Hit & Run” is about a man who drives his fiancée to Los Angeles, risking his identity in the witness protection program. The movie only cost $1.3 million to make and has already earned $4.7 million in the last weekend.
“The Bourne Legacy” placed second in the North American market with $9.3 million while “ParaNorman” placed third with $8.6 million. A documentary critical of Obama was eighth with $6.2 million. The documentary film “2016: Obama's America” had a limited July debut before it was expanded to over 1,000 movie houses over the weekend.
The comedy “The Campaign” starring Zach Galifianakis and Will Farrell placed fourth with $7.4 million while fifth place went to “The Dark Knight Rises” at $7.2 million. The third installment to the Batman trilogy already grossed $422.2 million since it was initially released in July.
The two movies reportedly showed great holds according to Warner Bros (NYSE:TWX) theatrical distribution vice president Jeff Goldsten, as “The Campaign” and “The Dark Knight Rises” only dropped by 43 percent and 35 percent respectively since the week earlier.
The “Expendables 2” was released by Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE:LGF) while Universal Studios released “The Bourne Legacy” into the market.