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'Expendables 2' kicks box office competition

August 19, 2012


Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme and Actor/Writer/Director Sylvester Stallone arrive at Lionsgate Films' “The Expendables 2” premiere in Hollywood, California. -AFP Photo

LOS ANGELES: Action movie “Expendables 2” muscled to the top of box office charts over the weekend, beating three new competitors at theaters in the United States and Canada.

“Expendables 2” rang up $28.8 million from Friday through Sunday, distributor Lions Gate Entertainment said. The movie unites 1980s tough guys Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and others in a sequel to a 2010 hit spy film.

Last week's winner, action movie “The Bourne Legacy” starring Jeremy Renner, slipped to the No. 2 spot with $17 million. Comcast Corp's Universal Studios released the film.

In third place, 3D stop-motion movie “ParaNorman,” earned $14 million and the No. 4 spot. In the film, a boy named Norman, who speaks to ghosts and ghouls, works to save his town from an impending zombie apocalypse.

The movie was produced by Laika studio, the team behind the critically acclaimed 2009 fantasy animation film “Coraline.”