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'80s action stars top weekend box office

Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 - 01:24

Aug. 19 - The latest celebrity news including Stallone and Arnie's big weekend adventure at the box office. John Russell reports.

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The aging tough guys of "Expendables 2" strong-armed the box office competition with a chart-topping nearly 29 million dollars (USD) in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates. "The Expendables" sequel that unites "Rocky" actor Sylvester Stallone, "Terminator" Arnold Schwarzenegger and other 1980s stars, brings together a group of mercenaries for an easy mission that turns dangerous when they seek revenge for a murder. The film follows the surprise success in 2010 of the original "Expendables," which opened with 35 million domestically and ultimately grossed 274 million worldwide. In addition to 66-year-old Stallone and 65-year-old Schwarzenegger, the film stars Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Chuck Norris. Last week's domestic winner, "The Bourne Legacy" starring Jeremy Renner, slipped to the No. 2 spot with 17 million. In third place, newcomer 3D stop-motion movie "ParaNorman," earned $14 million. In a bid for family audiences, the story of a boy named Norman who speaks to ghosts and ghouls and works to save his town from an impending zombie apocalypse. Adult comedy "The Campaign" took the fourth spot, earning 13.4 million with a U.S. domestic total now of $51.7 million. While the new drama "Sparkle," about three young sisters pursuing fame as singers in 1960s Motown, earned 12 million and the weekend's No. 5 spot. The movie stars "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks and features the final movie appearance by the late Whitney Houston.

'80s action stars top weekend box office

Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 - 01:24

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