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'Premium Rush' Leads Meek Newcomers Against 'Expendables 2' This Weekend

23 August 2012 5:16 PM, PDT

As is standard at the end of August, the box office is set to cool off substantially this weekend; it's looking abnormally bad this year, though, with all three of this weekend's new nationwide releases poised to fall short of $10 million. This means The Expendables 2 will repeat in first place, albeit with the lowest number one gross so far this year. Also worth keeping an eye on is the performance of conservative documentary 2016 Obama's America, which is expanding in to over 1,000 theaters after a strong run in limited release.Playing at 2,255 locations, Premium Rush seems to have the most potential among the three new nationwide releases, though that isn't saying much. After successfully shaking the child star label thanks to roles in cult hits like Brick and (500) Days of Summer and memorable supporting turns in Christopher Nolan blockbusters Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is taking his first »


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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Dark Knight Rises' Passes 'Dark Knight' Overseas

20 August 2012 11:40 AM, PDT

Early this weekend, The Dark Knight Rises flew past The Dark Knight's overseas total. The conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy added $21.4 million from 61 markets, which brought its total to $488.6 million. That's ahead of The Dark Knight's $469.7 million, and Rises will drastically widen that gap with openings in China and Italy at the end of the month.The movie's top-grossing territories so far are the U.K. ($77.8 million), South Korea ($40.8 million), Australia ($40.5 million), Germany ($29 million) and Mexico ($28.6 million). Worldwide, the movie's total has reached $898.4 million, and it should be on track for $1 billion eventually.The Expendables 2 actually appears to have earned more than The Dark Knight Rises this weekend, though official figures are not available (the foreign distribution is being handled by many different companies, so getting a specific figure is tricky). The action sequel grossed at least $22.4 million from 18 markets, including three big ones. It »

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