Premium Rush Crashes, Anti-Obama Movie Burns (As In, It Was on Fire

Neither of the weekend’s major new films,Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s bike-messenger thriller Premium Rush and Dax Shepard‘s and Kristen Bell‘s heist comedy Hit and Run, made a dent.

The Ashley Greene paranormal horror flick, The Apparition, looked pretty ghost-like itself in opening with less than $3 million, and failing to crack the Top 10. 

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2016: Obama’s America, the not-exactly admiring documentary about President Barack Obama, went wide in time for the Republican convention, and—voilà!—put up the best theater-for-theater performance of any of the big films.

The Expendables 2 is the fourth movie of the summer to top the rankings for more than one week. And according to its studio, it’s the first R-rated action movie to pull off the feat since the original Expendables did it back in 2010.

The sequel’s estimated Friday-Sunday take of $13.5 million is in line with what The Helpgrossed in its second weekend during the same box-office period last year.

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For Gordon-Levitt, meanwhile, Premium Rush is a step down from his ostensibly harder-to-sell cancer drama, 50/50, which opened with nearly $9 million last fall.

Hit and Run, which was written and co-directed by Shepard, averaged only about $1,700 at each of its 2,670 theaters, the weakest per-screen average in the Top 10.

The anti-Obama film, by comparison, averaged more than $5,700 from its 1,000-plus screens. Since opening earlier this summer in limited release, the doc has grossed $9.1 million.

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Elsewhere, interest in Sparkle fizzled as the backstage drama made a quick exit from the Top 10. The film, marked by Whitney Houston‘s final screen performance, saw ticket sales plunge more than 60 percent from last weekend’s debut, down to $4.2 million.

The Total Recall reboot was gone from the Top 10 after a forgettable three-week stay. With its tally at about $113 million worldwide, per’s count, the Colin Farrelldisappointment has yet to make good on its reported budget of “at least” $125 million.

The Sundance favorite, comedian and This American Life contributor Mike Birbiglia’sSleepwalk With Me, killed in its theatrical debut, grossing $75,000 at one New York theater.   

Here’s a complete look at the weekend’s top movies, per Friday-Sunday domestic estimates as reported by the studios and Exhibitor Relations:

  1. The Expendables 2, $13.5 million
  2. The Bourne Legacy, $9.3 million
  3. ParaNorman, $8.5 million
  4. The Campaign, $7.4 million
  5. The Dark Knight Rises, $7.2 million
  6. The Odd Life of Timothy Green, $7.1 million
  7. Premium Rush, $6.3 million
  8. 2016: Obama’s America, $6.2 million
  9. Hope Springs, $6 million
  10. Hit and Run, $4.7 million


Katie Holmes Got How Much From Tom Cruise in Divorce Deal

As part of their divorce deal, the 33-year-oldJack and Jill star will receive $400,000 annually from her Top Gun hubby, according to TMZ, which averages out to about $33,333 a month. While that’s a whopping amount for most people, it’s pretty paltry given the estimated $250 million Cruise has in the bank thanks to his blockbuster career.

Since the couple had a prenuptial agreement in place when they got hitched, Katie herself isn’t entitled to a cent, but Tom has agreed to fork over the $400,000 a year as child support for the next 12 years until 6-year-old daughterSuri turns 18. That money will likely cover the costs of such things as her schooling, medical and dental treatments, college education and other expenses.

All told, Cruise will pony up $4.8 million over that time; however, Holmes will not receive any spousal support.

The couple formerly known as TomKat called it quits after Holmes filed for divorce on June 28. After a superspeedy settlement, they were formally granted a divorce by a New York judge on Monday, putting an end to their six-year marriage.

Attorneys for Cruise and Holmes were unavailable for comment on this latest report.

While they may have gone their separate ways, Tom remains focused on his family. Last night, Cruise was spotted leaving the Chinawhite nightclub in London where he took in 17-year-old son Connor’s live DJ set with his nieces and nephews.

In related news, the Hollywood star’s legal team issued a statement to Us Weeklysmacking down a Village Voice report that Cruise’s 19-year-old daughter, Isabella, was thinking about joining Scientology’s elite Sea Org, a high-ranking unit comprising the church’s most dedicated members, after her live-in beau Eddie Frencher allegedly joined the group. But according to Cruise’s attorney, Aaron Moss, nothing could be further from the truth.

“Isabella is not a public figure, and deserves privacy. However, she is not joining the church’s religious order,” Moss told the magazine. “She is currently in Europe with her father who is in preproduction on All You Need Is Kill.”


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