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Box office report: 'Expendables 2' pummels puny newcomers with $13.5 million; Anti-Obama doc '2016' breaks out

You know you’ve reached the summer box office doldrums when not a single new wide release is able to break $7 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period.

Such was the case this weekend, when the top 12 movies grossed a cumulative $83.4 million, which makes this the least attended frame at the box office since December 9-11, 2011, when the top 12 films earned just $67.8 million.

Once again, The Expendables 2 led the chart, dropping 53 percent from its opening frame to $13.5 million — the lowest total for a No. 1 movie since that aforementioned December frame when New Year’s Eve topped the chart with a sad $13.0 million.

After ten days, The Expendables 2, which carries a reported $100 million budget, has grossed $52.3 million and is running well behind the total of the original Expendables, which had grossed $65.4 million at the same point in its run. The Lionsgate action entry may finish with just under $80 million.

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Box office update: '2016: Obama's America' tops newcomers on Friday, 'Expendables 2' headed to weekend win

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With the exception of one ultra-buzzy political documentary, this weekend at the box office is shaping up to be an unremarkable one.

The Expendables 2 maintained the top spot on Friday, shooting up $3.9 million worth of tickets, which should lead to a $12 million weekend — a 58 percent decline from last week, when it topped the chart. By Sunday, the action film will have about $51 million total. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Expendables 2' to outpace 'Premium Rush' on low-gear weekend

The dog days of the summer box office are upon us.

Late August is the time of the year when studios traditionally dump projects that have been shelved, moved, and deemed either misguided or unmarketable. You know, the perceived stinkers.

The same is true this year. This weekend brings three new films — bike thriller Premium Rush, comedy Hit and Run, and horror title The Apparition — none of which seem headed to impressive grosses. There’s also an indie film headed into a wide expansion, the political documentary 2016: Obama’s America, which has a pretty good shot at beating all of them.

Here’s how the box office may shake out:

1. The Expendables 2 – $12 million
The meager slate of newcomers should give The Expendables a clear shot at topping the chart for a second weekend in a row following its $28.6 million bow. The action film may fall hard by 55-60 percent, but without any serious competition, it should be able to retain the box office crown with about $12 million.  READ FULL STORY

'Hit and Run' trailer: Bradley Cooper feels violated

Hit and Run looks even more pee-in-your-pants funny, judging by its new red-band trailer. Dax Shepard, who not only stars but wrote, co-directed, co-produced, and even co-edited the film, plays a former getaway driver forced to abandon his witness protection program identity when a dreadlock-rocking Bradley Cooper comes knocking at his door, looking for his money. Cooper went to jail for a heist gone awry, and he’s still sore about it.

The first 10 seconds of the new trailer evoke a Nicholas Sparks chick flick — until it cuts to Shepard and Kristen Bell opening the motel-room door of a group of swinging senior citizens. And then all hell breaks loose.

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