‘Expendables 2′ Reignites a Dying Summer Box Office

There is no denying that Summer 2012 saw more than a few movie hits. However, August’s box office take has been fairly slim in comparison to May, June and part of July. Then along comes Expendables 2 and things start looking up once again. The film scored well with a three-day weekend take of $28.8 million.

The first Expendables drew rave reviews among action movie buffs even if the critics didn’t always agree. With stars like Jet Li, Jason Statham and (most of all) Sylvester Stallone, it was easy to see the film’s appeal. That is why when producers decided to do a sequel to the hit film, they opted to add a few more big names. To amp up the volume, they added the likes of Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

That’s a lot of powerhouse performers in one film. Therefore, one might think egos would get in the way and eventually spoil the movie. That dire prediction didn’t happen. Instead, the group came together to launch an exciting and action packed film worthy of its box office silver. Unfortunately, the first film scored higher cash wise at $34.8 million. But the sequel got a stronger rating of A-minus over the original film’s B-minus.

Of course, Expendables 2 wasn’t the only movie to do well this past weekend. Robert Pattinson‘s Cosmopolis scored big with the fans despite movie critics panning the film. It opened on a mere three screens but still to gross $72,000, giving it the biggest per-screen average of the weekend.

Whitney Houston’s last film, Sparkle, played well although not phenomenally. scored the last spot in the weekend’s top five movies. The remaining top five included The Bourne Legacy at $17 million; newbie animated film, ParaNorman at $14 million and The Campaign at $13.4 million.

The Dark Knight Rises dropped out of the top five at just $11.1 million, followed by the new film The Odd Life of Timothy Green at $10.9 million, Hope Springs at $9.1 million, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days at $3.9 million and Total Recall at $3.5 million.

It’s too bad more families didn’t support The Odd Life of Timothy Green. The film offered a message that all child need to hear. That is “being different is all right”. The movie was charming and entertaining thanks to good writing, fine directing and even better on-screen performances by Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton and CJ Adams (as Timothy).

With summer coming to an end, it will be interesting to see how this year’s summer box office compares to last year’s total. With all of 2012′s hits, there have been more than a few misses too.

What were your favorite summer films of 2012? Sound off below.

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