Hollywood Titles End Late Summer Local Streak
|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|1||The Bourne Legacy (us)||9/6/12||29.30%||522,713||619,128||588|
|3||The Expendables 2 (us)||9/6/12||13.30%||240,675||278,494||394|
|5||The Grand Heist||8/8/12||7.70%||144,076||4,833,965||312|
|8||Step Up 4 (us)||8/15/12||2.50%||45,369||931,745||149|
|9||Abrahama Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (us)||8/30/12||1.90%||31,749||333,276||230|
|10||Sammy's Adventures 2 (ge)||8/1/12||0.80%||14,750||1,454,392||107|
The new film in the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Legacy, which has a new leading man in Jeremy Renner, had a solid if unremarkable opening this weekend as it attracted 522,713 filmgoers. It's biggest achievement is being the first non-Korean film to top the charts since mid-summer.
The Expendables 2, with its gigantic cast of action cinema heavyweights, had an unremarkable start at number 3 with 240,675. Growth is not likely beyond this point.
In its third weekend, Neighbors took a big 50% hit to land at number 4 with 206,259 but with almost 2.5 million tickets sold to date this is by no means a disaster. A solid performance for a midlevel late summer entry.
The Thieves, which also saw its take halved, added 129,060 to its enormous haul and is now very close to The Host's Korean box office record. It should clinch the titles in the next two weeks but Avatar's overall record looks safe.
Kim Ki-duk's latest film Pieta had an incredible debut with 58,061 which would make it easily one of his most successful films. Add to that the fact that it has just won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and this is an arthouse feature that may break into the mainstream consciousness.
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