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Monday
Aug272012

"The Expendables 2" Tops Box Office Again with $13.5 Million

Frank Masi/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- Make it two in a row for The Expendables 2. Sylvester Stallone's action flick was the box office champ for the second consecutive weekend, earning an estimated $13.5 million.

Of the new releases, the Joseph Gordon-Levitt thriller Premium Rush made the most money: $6.3 million.  However, the anti-Obama documentary 2016: Obama's America, which expanded into wide release, collected $6.2 million in less than half as many theaters.

The Dax Shepard-Kristen Bell comedy Hit and Run opened in 10th place, with $4.7 million, and the horror film The Apparition debuted in 12th place, with $3 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. The Expendables 2, $13.5 million
2. The Bourne Legacy, $9.3 million
3. ParaNorman, $8.5 million
4. The Campaign, $7.4 million
5. The Dark Knight Rises, $7.2 million
6. The Odd Life of Timothy Green, $7.1 million
7. Premium Rush, $6.3 million
8. 2016: Obama's America, $6.2 million
9. Hope Springs, $6 million
10. Hit and Run, $4.7 million

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Monday
Aug202012

"The Expendables 2" Tops Box Office with $28.8 Million Debut

Frank Masi/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- Moviegoers couldn't go without seeing The Expendables 2 over the weekend. Sylvester Stallone's star-studded action sequel topped the box office, with an estimated $28.8 million debut.

Last week's champ, The Bourne Legacy, slipped to second place, earning $17 million.

As for the other wide releases: the animated flick ParaNorman debuted in the third spot, with $14 million; Sparkle, the final film from the late Whitney Houston, premiered in fifth place, with $12 million; and Disney's family film The Odd Life of Timothy Green bowed in seventh place, with $10.9 million.

After receiving a publicity boost from the ongoing Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart relationship drama, Pattinson's film Cosmopolis made an impressive $72,000 in just three theaters.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. The Expendables 2, $28.8 million
2. The Bourne Legacy, $17 million
3. ParaNorman, $14 million
4. The Campaign, $13.4 million
5. Sparkle, $12 million
6. The Dark Knight Rises, $11.1 million
7. The Odd Life of Timothy Green, $10.9 million
8. Hope Springs, $9.1 million
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, $3.9 million
10. Total Recall, $3.5 million

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Friday
Aug172012

"ParaNorman," "The Expendables 2," "Sparkle" Open Nationwide

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- ParaNorman: A boy who can communicate with the dead is tasked with fighting off a zombie, ghost and witch attack against his town.  The animated flick features the voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.  It was directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell.  Rated PG.

-- The Expendables 2: In this sequel to Sylvester Stallone's 2010 action flick, the group of mercenaries known as the Expendables have revenge on their minds when one of them is killed during a job.  The film features a who's who of top-shelf action stars: Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren, plus Liam Hemsworth.  Rated R.  [Click here to read a review]

-- Sparkle: The final film from the late Whitney Houston is a remake of the 1976 movie of the same name.  Set in the ‘60s, former American Idol champ Jordin Sparks plays the titular character, an up-and-coming singer from the Detroit area dealing with various struggles.  Houston co-stars as her mother.  Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick and Cee Lo Green also star.  Rated PG-13. [Click here to read a review]

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Friday
Aug172012

Movie Review: "The Expendables 2"

Frank Masi/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- Explaining the plot of The Expendables 2 would be a lot like explaining the plot to MTV’s 16 and Pregnant.  It's completely obvious and absolutely unnecessary.
 
Back for action following 2010's The Expendables is Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross, along with Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews and Randy Couture.  Jet Li only appears briefly while the Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger roles are slightly expanded from the first movie.  New to the franchise are Liam Hemsworth (Chris’s little brother and Miley Cyrus's fiancé), Chuck Norris, Nan Yu and Jean-Claude Van Damme, who plays the bad guy.
 
You know the old adage, “save the best for last?” It doesn’t apply here. The best happens first -- namely, an amazing, action-packed, thrilling and sometimes amusing symphony of inspired violence. Many people die.  In fact, they practically explode in the way a zombie explodes in any number of first-person shooter video games.  It’s a special effect Stallone and company employed in 2008's Rambo and they haven’t looked back.
 
Outside of that rather stunning opening sequence, The Expendables 2 relies heavily on gimmicky, nostalgic cameos, and dialogue and acting choices that range from mildly amusing to laughably bad, none of which could be taken seriously by anyone with intelligence and comprehension skills above a first-grade level.   I’m assuming that'll include just about everyone who sees this movie.   
 
Sure, there’s entertainment value, and some enjoyable moments and fun to be had seeing so many relics action stars from the 1980s doing their thing, but it all comes at the expense of killing brain cells and wasting your time.  While you have to admire Stallone’s commitment to such a terribly written character, The Expendables 2 probably would’ve had just as much entertainment value had it been a five-minute FunnyorDie.com video.
 
One-and-a-half out of five stars.

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