There wasn’t a lot of movement in the Box Office Top 10 as newcomers Premium Rush and Hit and Run failed to attract audience members, and The Expendables 2 rolled to another weekend victory.
But it was a mild “celebration” for Stallone and crew, as the $13.5 million earned by the muscle-bound sequel marked the only film in the overall weak frame to post double-digit millions.
The Bourne Legacy, for instance, landed in second place for the weekend, but only posted $9.3M for the three-day span. It’s overall cume so far stands at $85.5M.
School was back in session for large chunks of the country, perhaps leading to extremely low turnout at the multiplexes. Whatever the reason, audiences weren’t interested in Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a bike messenger trying to stay one step ahead of a manic Michael Shannon. David Koepp’s drama earned better-than-average reviews from critics who found the film to be light and fun. But Premium Rush stalled at $6.3M, slightly less than the $8.6M Summit opened 50/50 to last September. Not good for Gordon-Levitt.
Hit and Run didn’t fare much better. Though it opened on a Wednesday, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell’s car comedy earned $5.86M by the end of the weekend, good for a 10th-place finish.
Looking for The Apparition? Very few others were. The ghostly thriller with Ashley Greene couldn’t scare up a crowd. It earned $2.9M, and finished twelfth on the weekend.
But the big surprise was the political documentary 2016: Obama's America, an anti-Obama investigation conducted by Gerald R. Molen and Dinesh D'Souza that asks where our country might be if Barack Obama is re-elected this fall. The doc performed well in limited theaters, capitalizing on a slow box-office weekend. By posting $6.2M over the weekend (and amassing a total of $9M to date), it is the third-highest grossing documentary of 2012 (behind Chimpanzee and Katy Perry Part of Me), and likely will continue to perform to its base as we continue along on the campaign season.
Here’s the full Top 10 list for the weekend:
MOVIE / WEEKEND / TOTAL
1. The Expendables 2, $13.5M, $52.3M
2. The Bourne Legacy, $9.3M, $85.5M
3. ParaNorman, $8.5M, $28.2M
4. The Campaign, $7.4M, $64.5M
5. The Dark Knight Rises, $7.1M, $422.1M
6. The Odd Life of Timothy Green, $7.1M, $27M
7. Premium Rush, $6.3M
8. 2016: Obama’s America, $6.2M, $9M
9. Hope Springs, $6M, $45M
10. Hit and Run, $4.6M, $5.8M