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This past weekend, a bunch of action legends took on a newcomer, and experience won handedly. "The Expendables 2" took out last weekend's champion, "The Bourne Legacy," in a total knockout. The Sylvester Stallone-led action all-star meet-up took in $28.7 million, significantly below the original, which bowed with a $34.8 million debut back in 2010.
"The Bourne Legacy" continued to perform moderately well, adding $17 million to its two week total, which now sits at just under $70 million.
The rest of the weekend's new films were interspersed throughout the top ten, alternating with older releases. "ParaNorman" debuted in third with $14 million, and "Sparkle," Whitney Houston's final film, opened to $12 million, taking fifth place.
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The reign of "The Dark Knight Rises" as the box office champion has come to an end. After three weeks of untouchable supremacy, it was "The Bourne Legacy" that put a stop to the winning streak.
The spy reboot took in just over $40 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com, near where the "Bourne" series performed during opening weekends for the first two films. The "Legacy" total fell far below the last entry's bow, however. "The Bourne Ultimatum" opened to $69 million back in 2007, when Matt Damon was still the series lead.
The political satire, "The Campain," starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis took in a respectable $27.4 million.
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The remake of "Total Recall" may have forgotten who the reigning box office champion is when it decided to challenge "The Dark Knight Rises" in its third weekend. Christopher Nolan's trilogy finale easily handled the cerebral competition from Len Wiseman's revamping of the Schwarzenegger cult classic.
"Total Recall" only took in $26 million in its opening weekend, just $500,000 than the original bowed to back in 1990.
FROM MTV NEWS: "You sunk my Battleship!" is not a line you'll hear in Peter Berg's big-screen adaptation of the Hasbro board game ("They don't sink our battleship," he reasoned when MTV News recently brought up the topic), but perhaps it's a phrase Universal execs are shouting in the general direction of "The Avengers" this morning.
Earth's mightiest heroes once again stand tall at the top of the box office pile, smiling down on a domestic weekend tally worth $55.1 million and a worldwide total of $1.2 billion. As it stands, Marvel's superhero flick is the fourth highest-grossing film of all time, and is well on track to beat "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" for third place. Meanwhile, after raking in only $25.3 million in its debut, "Battleship" is left languishing in the water. On the bright side for the Universal action flick, the movie already made $226 million worldwide, softening the blow of an otherwise disappointing domestic debut.
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FROM MTV MOVIES: The odds -- and the sweet, sweet money -- are ever in "The Hunger Games''" favor. Director Gary Ross' adaptation of the much loved novel from Suzanne Collins isn't just a critical darling, it's a huge commercial hit as well. "Hunger Games" once again topped the box office over the weekend, making it the reigning champ four weeks running. That's the first time since "Avatar" that any one movie has held the box office crown for four weekends in a row. Did I mention it's crossed $500 million worldwide, too? Not too shabby.
It's an impressive feat by any standards, but even more impressive considering the strong competition in "Cabin in the Woods," another Lionsgate picture; the Joss Whedon-penned horror comedy scored a third place finish worth $14.9 million. Just the mere fact that this movie is even in theaters is nothing short of a small miracle, since it's been delayed since 2009. Even if it didn't exactly wow the box office, it's doing a heck of a number on the viewers who've seen it, I'm sure. If you haven't yet, please, do go see "Cabin." It's so good.
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People were hungry for more than just ham and Easter egg hunts this weekend, it seems. "The Hunger Games" continues to do massive business at the box office, claiming another first place title for the third weekend in a row. The Jennifer Lawrence-starring adaptation snatched up $33.5 million over the weekend, far outpacing its closest competitor, "American Reunion," which scored only $21.5 million. Guess people aren't as into Jason Biggs' junk as I thought they'd be.
To date, "Hunger Games" has made more than $300 million at the domestic box office, with its global total beyond $450 million. Not too shabby, Katniss!
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It might seem like the GOP primary season has been stretching on since the day Barack Obama entered the White House — with the seemingly endless blather about socialism-inspired domestic initiatives and terrorist-sympathizing foreign policy, about how gay marriage will destroy the moral fabric of society, about how asking for heath care-provided contraceptives makes you a slut — it's only just beginning.
Because today is Super Tuesday — the biggest, baddest day on the GOP nominating calendar. Primaries and caucuses in 10 states (Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia) will be held today. 419 GOP convention delegates are up for grabs. Mitt Romney is vying to re-solidify his front-runner status. Rick Santorum is hoping voters will coalesce around a guy with a 1950s moral compass and a 21st-century hatred of government. And Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are still hanging around because, well, what else have they got to do?
It's exhausting to try and keep track of all this stuff. It's depressing, too. Which is why on Super Tuesday, I'll be fleeing to my favorite escapist wonderland: the multiplex. In that spirit, let's take a look back at Super Tuesday as it applies to the box-office: the 10 highest-grossing Tuesdays in movie history (all figures come from Box Office Mojo).
10. "Night at the Museum": $13,506,030 (12/26/06)
Days after opening with a $30.4 million weekend, Ben Stiller's fantastical romp through the American Museum of Natural History continued to dominate on its way to becoming the comedian's second highest-grossing film of his career. Stiller's number-one slot belongs to "Meet the Fockers," proving that, much like in the voting booth, there's no accounting for taste at the movie theaters.
Say what you will about the guy, but it looks like nothing is "impossible" for Tom Cruise.
The actor's latest entry to the "Mission" franchise — the Brad Bird directed "Ghost Protocol" — made the impossible happen by topping the holiday weekend box office with a healthy $46.2 million haul, bringing the film's total to $78.6 million after 11 days in theaters.
Vampires and werewolves are apparently as popular as ever, seeing that "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1" is still the box office leader after three weekends in theaters. The first part of the "Twilight" conclusion netted $16.9 million this weekend for a $247.3 million domestic total to date. But there's no reason to be so green: "The Muppets" hung in there with a $11.2 million second place finish, bringing Kermit and friends up to $56.1 million total after two weekends.
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FROM MTV MOVIES: The box-office battle of Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone, and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" once again emerged as the victor.
The penultimate entry in the vampire romance series pulled off an impressive haul of an estimated $62.3 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. The weekend brought the film's domestic total to roughly $221 million, and survived formidable competition from "The Muppets," which earned a respectable $42 million.
But what do the upcoming weeks hold for "Breaking Dawn - Part 1"? We consulted some box-office experts to find out.
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