The waning weeks of the summer are notoriously difficult for the box office, but last weekend appeared to be especially onerous. It turned out to be the lowest-grossing weekend of the year, with the top 12 movies grossing a combined $83.8 million. Studios, apparently recognizing the low potential of the weekend, released merely a handful of low-budget titles, thereby allowing last weekend's No. 1 film, Lionsgate's The Expendables -- no big blockbuster to begin with -- to remain No. 1 for a second week with only $13.4 million. No other film was even able to crack $10 million. Nevertheless, the box office was actually up 10.8 percent from the same weekend a year ago, when the third week of The Help led with $14.5 million, followed by the debut of Colombiana with $10.4 million. Overall, the box office for the year is up 4.23 percent from a year ago, while attendance is up 3.07 percent.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date) 1 . The Expendables 2 , Lionsgate, $13,423,579, 2 Wks. ($52,237,523); 2 . The Bourne Legacy , Universal, $9,336,005, 3 Wks. ($85,522,220); 3. ParaNorman , Focus, $8,639,288, 2 Wks. ($28,261,577); 4 . The Campaign , Warner Bros., $7,472,397, 3 Wks. ($64,575,569); 5 . The Dark Knight Rises , Warner Bros., $7,222,317, 6 Wks. ($422,255,218); 6 . The Odd Life of Timothy Green , Disney, $7,122,552, 2 Wks. ($27,077,042); 7. 2016 Obama's America , Rocky Mountain Pictures, $6,509,433, 7 Wks. ($9,347,309); 8. Premium Rush , Sony/Columbia, $6,030,164, (New); 9. Hope Springs , Sony/Columbia, $5,725,107, 3 Wks. ($44,806,571); 10. Hit & Run , Open Road Films, $4,526,222, 1 Wks. ($5,719,256 -- From Wednesday).