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Box Office Report: 'ParaNorman' Animates Audiences

Laika's stop-motion animated feature, “ParaNorman,” comes in third at the box office, trailing “Expendables 2” and “The Bourne Legacy.”

Focus Features' animated family film ParaNorman came in third at the box office for the second weekend in a row, bringing in $8.5 million for a total of $28.3million. The 3D stop-motion feature was produced by Laika, the creative force behind Coraline. The tale of boy who must stop the destruction of his hometown by a witch's spell, ParaNorman is voiced by Casey Affleck, Tempestt Bledsoe, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman, Anna Kendrick and Leslie Mann.

Expendables 2, from Lionsgate and Millennium Films, remained in first place at the box office on its second weekend out, bringing in $13.5 for a 10-day domestic total of $52.3 million.

Universal’s The Bourne Legacy followed in second place, earning $9.3 million on its third weekend at the box office for a total of $85.5 million.

In fourth place, Warner Bros.' raunchy political comedy The Campaign, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, brought in $7.4 million for a total of $64.5 million in the film’s three weekends at the box office.

Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises came in fifth place this weekend, over last week’s sixth place spot on the charts, earning $7.2 million on its sixth weekend out for a domestic total of $422.2 million.

Buena Vista’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton as a childless couple who dream up a 10-year-old boy, came in at number six with weekend earnings of $7.1 million, bringing the film’s total earnings to $27.1 million.

Sony's new Joseph Gordon-Levitt action/thriller Premium Rush came in seventh place, opening to $6.3 million. The film reportedly cost just north of $30 million to produce and is directed by noted screenwriter David Koepp, who co-wrote the script with John Kamps.

Making headlines at number eight, Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s documentary 2016: Obama's America brought in $6.2 million over the weekend with a nationwide expansion timed to the start of the Republican National Convention. The film, which opened last month, has earned a total of $9.2 million, making it the top conservative documentary of all time.

Sony’s Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell, came in ninth place, bringing in $6 million for a total of $45 million in the film’s three weeks at the box office.

New offbeat indie comedy Hit & Run rounded out the list at number 10 for the weekend, grossing $4.7 million for a five-day opening of $5.9 million.

Dark Castle's supernatural thriller The Apparition, which Warner Bros. is distributing, couldn't crack the top 10 in its debut, grossing $2.3 million to come in number 12. Directed by Todd Lincoln, the film stars Twilight's Ashley Green.

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.