Welcome to the Box Office Report where we're shocked -- shocked! -- that no one wanted to see a movie about a bike messenger.
1. The Expendables 2 (Lionsgate): $13.5 million in 3,355 theaters [Week 2]
The story coming out of this weekend isn't about record breaking grosses or studios bringing in buckets of money. It's about how little people actually went to the theater. Blame a weak slate of new movies, the weather, whatever, you can't argue that the weekend's numbers aren't embarrassing. The Expendables 2 was the only movie that broke the $10 million mark.
2. The Bourne Legacy (Universal): $9.3 million in 3,654 theaters [Week 3]
Everything else came in the single digit millions. Excluding The Hunger Games, The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, the summer's been filled with bombs. While those three movies entered the conversation as some of the top box office earners of all time, everything else this summer has been so weak.
3. ParaNorman (Focus): $8.5 million in 3,455 theaters [Week 2]
Battleship bombed. The Dictator sucked. Remember Dark Shadows? Did Men in Black 3 even happen? We can't remember. Prometheus was financially successful but just about everyone agreed it was horrible. Even the much-hyped Magic Mike died after its first week. Besides the big three, what movie from this summer are you going to go back to in three months when you're looking to rent something on iTunes? Think Like a Man? Pixar couldn't even produce a hit.
4. The Campaign (Warner Bros.): $7.4 million in 3,302 theaters [Week 3]
Don't even get us started on the abysmal comedy offerings. One of the biggest movies of the summer was about a pot smoking teddy bear.
5. The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros.): $7.1 million in 2,606 theaters [Week 6]
No new movie could even break the seven million mark. Premium Rush ended up in seventh place. It's almost like, despite generally positive reviews and JGL starring, no one was ever going to see a movie about a bike messenger in New York City. So, studios, don't complain to Nikki Finke that the numbers are "exhausting," when you've barely given us anything worth seeing this summer.
So, at the end of the season, let's wipe the slate clean. Here's to what should be an exciting fall. Our hopes are high. Please don't disappoint.
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