‘The Expendables 2’ Smashes the weekend box office with $28.8 million

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Action movie “Expendables 2” muscled to the top of box office charts over the weekend, beating three new competitors at theaters in the United States and Canada.

“Expendables 2” rang up $28.8 million from Friday through Sunday, distributor Lions Gate Entertainment said. The movie unites 1980s tough guys Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and others in a sequel to a 2010 hit spy film.

According indiewire, the release of “The Expendables 2” felt like a celebration. Not only were the trailers boasting the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis in legit action roles, but it was also promising the addition of Jean Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris to the franchise. Along with the release and buzz over two new trailers featuring Schwarzenegger (“The Last Stand“) and Sylvester Stallone (“Bullet To The Head“), most saw this as a sign that b-movie action was back to the big time at the box office. Of course, the question as to whether this is star power or “star” power (with an ironic eyebrow raised) may have been answered, with the highly-touted actioner finishing at $28.8 million, 17% below the first film’s $35 million opening.

In third place, 3D stop-motion movie “ParaNorman,” earned $14 million and the No. 4 spot. In the film, a boy named Norman, who speaks to ghosts and ghouls, works to save his town from an impending zombie apocalypse. The movie was produced by Laika studio, the team behind the critically acclaimed 2009 fantasy animation film “Coraline.”

(Reporting By Lisa Richwine and Christine Kearney. E. Editing by)


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