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Bruce Willis in 'The Expendables 2' rules the box office

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(Read caption) Bruce Willis, here seen filming the fifth installment in the 'Die Hard' franchise, stars in 'The Expendables 2.'

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The Expendables 2 will top the box office over the weekend, grossing an estimated $28.7 million. The original action mash-up grossed scored $34 million in 2010 and topped out at $103 million domestic and $274 million globally. However, this new effort has better reviews (read ours) and even more star fire-power, so it could potentially do better in the long-run – or at the very least at the global box office. 

The film does beat the average opening weekend of most of its stars. An average Stallone movie debuts to around $12 million and a Statham vehicle usually launches to just over $10 million. Bruce Willis usually garners about $13 million worth of audience interest, while the average weekend gross for a Schwarzenegger movie is $15 million. Having said that, most of these films opened in a time when ticket prices were much lower.

Fellow action sequel, The Bourne Legacy dropped to second place, it should bank $17 million for the weekend, raising its cume to $69.5 million. It looks like there’s life in this Matt Damon-free franchise yet, in fact you could say it has been re-Bourne (zing!). Sure, it hasn’t managed to hit the grosses of the Damon movies, but it is difficult rebooting a franchise without its original star AND its original character.

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