“The Bourne Legacy” lasted only one week on top of the box office charts before plummeting with a 55-percent drop. The new No. 1 for the August 19 weekend is “The Expendables 2,” with a 28.75 million take.
“The Expendables 2” made less money in its opening weekend than the first movie in the series ($34.8 million) but the “A-” CinemaScore should help its legs when it comes to word-of-mouth.
However, “The Bourne Legacy” arrived with low critical scores, and the drop may hurt the chances for additional sequels. With only $69.6 million domestically, and $97.7 worldwide, the chance of making a solid profit is dwindling, considering the $125 million budget. If nothing else, it makes Matt Damon look more important.
Kid’s flick “ParaNorman” took third with $14.1 million. While the movie won’t hit the success levels of other recent animated hits, the movie itself has enough uniqueness to be a cult hit when it hits DVD and Blu-ray.
“The Campaign” dropped to fourth and sits at $51.4 million, decent numbers for a comedy and in line with other Will Ferrell movies, such as “Talladega Nights” and “Anchorman.”
The week’s other new movie release, “Sparkle,” opened in fifth place. The film advertises Whitney Houston’s final performance before her death but only made $11.6 million. While that number is not eye-popping, this is the type of movie that might have the legs to carry it through numerous weeks in the Top 10.
The rest of the Top 10 includes “The Dark Knight Rises” ($11.1), “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” ($10.9), “Hope Springs” ($9.1), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days ($3.85) and “Total Recall” ($3.5).
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.