Sylvester Stallone and his beefy buddies in The Expendables 2 muscled their way to the top of the weekend box office and debuted at number one with 28.8-million-dollar opening.
According to studio estimates on Sunday, that was down from the 34.8-million-dollar start for The Expendables two years ago.
The Lionsgate sequel elbowed out another action tale as Universal’s The Bourne Legacy fell to number two in its second weekend with 17 million dollars.
Three other wide releases opened to modest business, the New York Post reported.
Focus Features’ animated comedy ParaNorman, which is about a boy leading the fight against zombies that rise from the grave, opened at number three with 14 million dollars.
Sony’s music remake Sparkle, which features American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston, landed the fifth spot with 12 million dollars.
Disney’s family fantasy The Odd Life of Timothy Green was number with 10.9 million dollars. The movie stars Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton as a childless couple who become instant parents to a boy that magically appears in their lives.
The top 10 movies at the weekend box office were:
The Expendables 2 – 28.8 million dollars
The Bourne Legacy – 17 million dollars
ParaNorman – 14 million dollars
The Campaign – 13.4 million dollars
Sparkle – 12 million dollars
The Dark Knight Rises – 11.1 million dollars
The Odd Life of Timothy Green – 10.9 million dollars
Hope Springs – 9.1 million dollars
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – 3.9 million dollars
Total Recall – 3.5 million dollars