Weekend Recap: What Happened at the Box Office?

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August 20th, 2012

Weekend Recap: What Happened at the Box Office?

-- "The Expendables 2" fought its way to the top of the box office rankings, earning $28,750,000 during its debut weekend. A group of elite mercenaries find themselves struggling for their lives after a deal turns sour, leaving them stranded in hostile enemy territory. "The Expendables 2" is rated R for strong and bloody violence.

"ParaNorman" brought in over $14 million this weekend. Norman may not have many living friends, but at least he can communicate with the dead. After a curse turns his town into a zombie battleground, Norman jumps at the chance to use his supernatural connections and save the day. The PG rating is due to rude humor and language, scary action and images and thematic elements.

"Sparkle" generated plenty of buzz for Whitney Houston's final performance. A group of hardworking, talented sisters become Motown sensations, but the price of fame ends up taking a toll on their personal lives. The drama brought in $12 million in box office profits. "Sparkle" is rated PG-13 for mature content, domestic abuse, smoking, language, violence and drug material.

"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" earned over $10 million during the weekend of Friday, August 17th. Since its opening on Wednesday, August 15th, the poignant and funny Disney movie has earned over $15 million. A couple who always dreamed of a child ends up getting a son in a very unconventional way. As it turns out, Timothy is anything but a conventional boy. The PG rating is due to brief language and thematic elements.

Continuing Films

"The Bourne Legacy" continued to perform well at theaters during its second weekend, earning over $17 million and bringing the total gross to over $69 million. Agent Cross has spent a lifetime training to become a super-agent, but when his employers turn against him, he ends up using his abilities in unexpected ways. The movie has a PG-13 rating for intense violence and action sequences.

"The Campaign" has now earned over $51 million, thanks to its weekend earnings of $13,385,000. After a scandal comes to light, Cam Brady has to defend his role as congressman against a surprisingly intimidating opponent. The movie is rated R for crude content, brief nudity and language.

This weekend, "The Dark Knight Rises" added over $11 million to its overall profits of more than $409 million. Christian Bale reprises his role as Bruce Wayne, the tortured millionaire who saves Gotham City by night. Recently, Wayne has kept quiet, brooding over past events. A terrorist threat might spur Batman back into action. The film's PG-13 rating is due to brief sensuality, language and intense violence and action.

"Hope Springs" is a romance that focuses on empty nesters. After decades of marriage, Arnold and Kay realize that the spark has left their relationship. They travel to see a famous marriage counselor, hoping they can rediscover love during their golden years. The film brought in over $9 million, with an overall gross that equals over $35 million. The comedic drama is rated PG-13 for mature thematic material.

Movies to DVD

"The Hunger Games" arrived out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Saturday, August 18th. Fans of the YA series can relive all the suspense and emotion of the film in their own homes. When Katniss Everdeen's sister is chosen by lottery to compete in life or death games, Katniss bravely volunteers to take her sister's place. She will have to rely on all her cunning to survive. "The Hunger Games" has a PG-13 rating for intense violence and disturbing images, all involving teenagers.

"The Dictator" is the latest controversial film from comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. A displaced tyrant has to struggle to survive as a nobody on the streets of New York. Thanks to his friendship with a naive but friendly young woman, he just might have a chance. The irreverent comedy has an R rating for crude content, language, violent images and brief male nudity.

"A Separation" is an Oscar-winning film from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, now available for home viewing. Nader and Simin may have been married for 14 years, but their lives are taking dramatically different directions. When Simin decides to leave the country, Nader struggles to manage the household. A young woman helps tend to Nader's family, but tensions soon stretch to a breaking point. The drama has a PG-13 rating for mature thematic content.

"Bernie" is available on DVD this Tuesday. Jack Black stars as a bumbling yet popular mortician in a small town. Although he is a friend to everybody, Bernie is not prepared for the unlikely friendship that springs up between him and a bitter, reclusive town widow. Events soon spiral out of control, leaving the whole town in upheaval. "Bernie" has a PG-13 rating for brief strong language and some violent imagery.