Sunday, August 19, 2012

'Expendables 2' steals 'Bourne Legacy's action - USA TODAY

Give it to the geezers.

Frank Masi, AP

'The Expendables 2,' with Chuck Norris, was the action movie of choice over the weekend.

The AARP-eligible stars of TheExpendables 2 coasted to the No. 1 slot at theaters this weekend.

The sequel did $28.8 million, according to studio estimates from box office trackers

While the debut doesn't match the original's bow of $34.8 million in 2010, the opening marks a solid start on a crowded weekend that saw four major films opening.

Still, analysts expected the sequel to open larger than the original.

"Despite (the sequel) being generally well-received for the Big Dumb Action Movie genre, it's surprising to see the sequel give back a few million despite getting better reviews," says Tim Briody of

Indeed, two-thirds of critics gave the movie a thumbs-up, while 85% of moviegoers said they liked it, according to survey site The film also scored an A-minus with pollsters CinemaScore, a good sign for the movie's long-term prospects.

The Bourne Legacy dropped to second place with $17 million.

The stop-motion cartoon ParaNorman took third with $14 million, a solid start. ParaNorman was the best-reviewed film among this weekend's newcomers, scoring 87% with critics, while 79% of parents and kids gave the family film kudos.

The Will Ferrell political comedy The Campaign was fourth with $13.4 million.

Sparkle, the first film starring American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and co-starring the late Whitney Houston, managed a respectable debut, taking in $12 million and fifth place.

While only 57% of critics recommended the movie, says that 77% of moviegoers enjoyed it.

The final major newcomer, Jennifer Garner's family film The Odd Life of Timothy Green, met most of its modest expectations with $10.9 million, good for seventh place. Just 38% of critics liked it, though 75% of moviegoers said they liked it.

The reboot TheBourneLegacy has done $69.6 million in 10 days.

Final figures are due Monday.

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