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'Expendables 2' muscles way to the top of box office

A still of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Nan Yu and Randy Couture in the 2012 film 'The Expendables 2.' (Courtesy of Lionsgate)

August 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Sylvester Stallone and his beefy buddies muscled their way to the top of the box office this weekend.

"The Expendables 2" debuted at No. 1 with $28.8 million. That's about $6 million less than the first expendables movie made two years ago.

Overall, it was a pretty good weekend for the studios, with box office receipts up 12 percent compared to the same weekend last year.

Another action movie, "The Bourne Legacy," fell to second place in its second weekend, pulling in $17 million.

The top 10 films of the weekend were:

1. "The Expendables 2," $28.8 million ($17.3 million international).
2. "The Bourne Legacy," $17 million ($18.2 million international).
3. "ParaNorman," $14 million ($2 million international).
4. "The Campaign," $13.4 million.
5. "Sparkle," $12 million.
6. "The Dark Knight Rises," $11.1 million ($20.6 million international).
7. "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," $10.9 million.
8. "Hope Springs," $9.1 million ($700,000 international).
9. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days," $3.9 million ($867,000 international).
10. "Total Recall," $3.5 million ($19 million international).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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