The Expendables 2 did its best impression of The Help, repeating as No. 1 at the weak, late-summer box office.
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.
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 Help grossed in its second weekend during the same box-office period last year.
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.
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 BoxOfficeMojo.com's count, the Colin Farrell disappointment 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's Sleepwalk 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:
(Originally published at 9:50 a.m. PT on Aug. 26, 2012.)