“The Expendables 2” was the No. 1 movie at the weekend box office, which is no surprise. An action movie with so many heavy hitters — Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Van Damme — seemed destined to land on top in terms of ticket sellers. (It brought in $28.75 million, a tad less than the first “Expendables” earned in its 2010 debut, according to Box Office Mojo.)
“Sparkle,” which marked Houston’s final onscreen performance, earned a respectable $12 million, recouping nearly all of its $14 million budget. The audience for the film, as Box Office Mojo notes, skewed heavily female and over the age of 35, which suggests Houston’s core fans may have been the primary demographic.
In light of Robert Pattinson Week — the five-day “Cosmopolis” publicity extravaganza that allowed us to see both Jon Stewart and George Stephanopoulos offer junk food to Edward Cullen on national television — one would have expected a huge opening for the Pattinson/David Cronenberg collaboration. But remember, it rolled out initially on just three screens. Hence, it earned $72,300, or a $24,100 per-screen average, which The Wrap characterized as a win but the L.A. Times pointed out was less impressive than other recent limited-release indies, particularly Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom.”
Other notable weekend box office factoids:
The animated, family-friendly zombie flick “ParaNorman” didn’t do well enough to outpace Jeremy Renner in “The Bourne Legacy.” “Legacy” landed in second place with $17 million, while “ParaNorman” was in third with $14 million.
“The Dark Knight Rises” fell out of the top five for the first time since its release. It ended the weekend in sixth place, with $11 million, raising its total domestic tally to $409.9 million. Overseas, its total gross stands at $487.8 million, which has now exceeded the amount of money “The Dark Knight” amassed in foreign markets.
“2016: Obama’s America,” a documentary based on the book “The Roots of Obama’s Rage” by conservative author and co-director Dinesh D’Souza, earned $1.2 million while showing on just 169 screens. None of those screens are in Washington, where President Obama, the subject of the less-than-complimentary movie, resides.