'Expendables 2' keeps lead in US
LOS ANGELES, United States of America - A-list action romp "The Expendables 2" held onto the top rung of the North American box office for a second weekend, keeping "The Bourne Legacy" at bay, industry estimates showed Sunday, August 26.
"The Expendables 2," which stars Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li as mercenaries, raked in US$13.5-M a week after its debut, according to movie tracker Exhibitor Relations.
"The Bourne Legacy" — starring Jeremy Renner as a secret agent threatened by his employers in the latest installment of the popular series that had starred Matt Damon as Jason Bourne — took in US$9.3-M for second place.
Coming in 3rd, also for a second week in a row, was "ParaNorman," an animated movie about a boy who can speak with the dead. It earned US$8.5-M in ticket sales.
Political spoof "The Campaign" starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, remained in 4th place, with box office receipts of US$7.4-M.
"The Dark Knight Rises," the latest Batman film, climbed back up to 5th place, earning US$7.2-M. The final installment in the trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan has so far raked in more than US$420-M.
Quirky fantasy-comedy "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" climbed to 6th place a week after its debut, bringing in US$7.1-M.
"Premium Rush," an action film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a bike messenger being pursued by a corrupt cop, debuted in 7th at US$6.3-M.
"2016: Obama's America," a documentary by conservative writer and commentator Dinesh D'Souza, shot to 8th place from a distant 13th last week, bringing in US$6.2-M.
Rounding out the top 10 were Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones's romantic comedy "Hope Springs," with US$9.1-M in ticket sales, and action chase film "Hit and Run," which made US$4.7-M in its opening weekend. - Agence France-Presse