Partly thanks to its platform release but mostly because it’s an awesome flick, The Expendables 2 showed extraordinary legs around the world at the box office once again. This has been out for a month now and not a single weekend was down from the previous one, outstanding for any flick, much less an action one (a genre that’s not exactly synonym with staying power).
The Expendables 2 was up a whopping 38% with $41.6 million that brings its international total to $158.4 million. The original ended up with 171.4 million internationally so The Expendables 2 should blow past that sometime this coming weekend. At the rate its going, I think $250 million should be well within reach with an outside chance at $300 million. Currently the film has $234.9 million worldwide but it will finish with at least $350 million. So now we wait for The Expendables 3, hopefully they can get The Rock, Vin Diesel and obviously Steven Seagal this time around. Oh, and please give Jet Li more than 5 minutes of screen time.
The Dark Knight Rises came down to 2nd place with $12.9 million for a new international total of $603.5 million. That’s almost $134 million more than The Dark Knight internationally. Now worldwide the capped crusader sits at about $41.7 million past the $1 billion mark. Unfortunately it won’t pass $1.1 billion, but then again, there’s no need for that, The Dark Knight Rises is already the most successful Batman of all time and the 2nd biggest superhero flick worldwide.
The Bourne Legacy was up a tiny 4%, $12.9 million weekend here also but only $78 million overall internationally. Worldwide the spy movie has $182.3 million, still ways to go until it can recover its $125 million budget (that might actually be larger).
In 4th place we had Brave grossing $10.3 million which brings the Pixar animation to $254.9 million internationally. Sadly this could be the first film from the studio not to make at least $300 million internationally. Now there is still time (on paper at least) but I can’t see Brave going past $280-290 million. Anyway, this is a hit nonetheless with $488.3 million worldwide so far, soon to be over $500 million.
Rounding out the top 5 was Japanese action flick Bayside Shakedown 4: The Final with an opening weekend of $10.2 million for a $13.3 million total, all coming from a single market. I’ll give you one chance to guess which country that was.