The movie 'Expendables 2', featuring an array of veteran action movie starts, holds the top spot at the US box office for the second week running. In addition to the usual fare, an anti-Obama documentary features in the top ten.
During its second week, 'Expendables 2' took $13.5 million. The film stars such luminaries as Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, as well as featuring Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Jet Li. The movie has taken $52 million to date.
In second place on the chart is the latest installment in the Bourne movie franchise, 'The Bourne Legacy', which grossed $9.3 million. Before the release of the second high-octane Expendables movie, the Bourne film had been in the top position.
The third position is taken by the stop-motion film 'ParaNorman'. The film features a boy named Norman who can talk to ghosts and works to save his town from a zombie apocalypse.
The highest place new release went to the thriller 'Premium Rush', which made $6.3 million and came in at seventh. The other new release of the week was 'Hit & Run', featuring real-life couple Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell. The film came in at number ten with $4.7 million.
Another new release 'The Apparition' did less well, coming in at number 12. The movie was written and directed by Todd Lincoln and stars Twilight's Ashley Greene.
Outside of big movie releases, a documentary was positioned at number eight: '2016: Obama's America', which is highly critical of the current US president and offers a right-wing speculation of what a second Obama term may look like. The documentary was first released in July.
The top ten looks like:
1 The Expendables 2 (2012)
2 The Bourne Legacy (2012)
3 ParaNorman (2012) $8.55M
4 The Campaign (2012)
5 The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
6 The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)
7 Premium Rush (2012)
8 2016: Obama's America (2012)
9 Hope Springs (2012)
10 Hit and Run (2012)
No movie on the list looks like beating the current gross for 'The Dark Knight Rises', which stands at $422 million from US box office receipts alone. However, even the Dark Knight is outshone by 'The Avengers', which is still comfortably the year's biggest hit despite no longer featuring in the top thirty.