This weekend, Stallone and all his 80′s and 90′s action stars are going to open #1. The Expendables 2 faces no real competition, outside of the second week run of The Bourne Legacy. Unfortunately, Universal’s The Bourne Legacy hasn’t gotten tons of word of mouth support. A lot of people have criticized the film. Look, I saw it and I thought it was good, but I’ll admit, the marketing campaign was so good, it was a bit of a let down.
That puts Paranorman is perfect position to finish in 2nd place ahead of The Bourne Legacy. Paranorman is the latest movie from Laika Entertainment, the animation company behind 2009′s Coraline. That movie was also released by Focus Features, and debuted to $16.8 million before closing with a very good $75.3 million.
Music drama Sparkle marks the last big-screen role for pop star Whitney Houston, who passed away in February shortly after completing work on the movie. Sparkle follows a female Motown group in the 1960s, and it was surely inspired to a degree by the overwhelming success of 2006′s Dreamgirls ($103.4 million). While the buzz isn’t nearly as high on Sparkle, the Whitney-factor obviously will inspire some curiosity, and the movie should play well with older woman. According to Sony, Sparkle has a good chance of matching its $14 million budget over opening weekend. But that be enought to beat out Will Ferrell’s The Campaign in it’s second week? We’ll know soon enough.
Weekend Box Office Forecast (August 17-19)
1. The Expendables 2 - $37.1 million
2. Paranorman - $19.6 million
3. The Bourne Legacy - $17.4 million (-54%)
4. The Campaign - $13.6 million (-49%)
5. Sparkle - $13.1 million
-. The Odd Life of Timothy Green - $10.5 million ($14.5 million 5-day)
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