Traffickers and Local Releases Dominate Chart
|Title||Release Date||Market Share||Weekend||Total||Screens|
|3||The Grand Heist||8/8/12||13.20%||289,126||4,595,784||361|
|5||Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (us)||8/30/12||10.00%||188,955||237,799||337|
|6||Step Up 4 (us)||8/15/12||4.40%||94,188||849,187||194|
|7||R2B: Return to Base||8/1/12||2.30%||51,498||1,172,907||141|
|9||Total Recall (us)||8/15/12||1.60%||34,037||1,206,506||153|
|10||Sammy's Adventures 2 (ge)||8/23/12||1.30%||29,268||1,438,477||88|
Traffickers, another new release, took the the top spot with a relatively strong 533,243. The dark thriller has been getting positive reviews and will hope to hang on to some of its audience for a chance to reach 2 million admissions and beyond.
After a great start Neighbors fell a hefty 45% for 425,597. Following 11 days in theaters the pic has almost banked 2 million admissions but at this rate it is not likely to cross 3.
Meanwhile, The Thieves fell 48% as it amassed another 265,435. It's another half a million admissions shy of The Host's benchmark but should be able to cross it in the next two to three weeks. Much more uncertain is Avatar's overall record which is still just over a million admissions away.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter had a tepid opening at no.5 with 188,955 and is unlikely to stay long in theaters.
Next week's major Korean release is Wedding Scandal which may well benefit from the lack of romantic fare these past few months but is not likely to make a huge impact. Also opening will be the final Hollywood blockbuster of the season, The Bourne Legacy, which will vie of first place.
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