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‘Sparkle’s Mara & Salim Akil Make Paramount Deal On ‘Abandonment Issues’

By | Friday September 14, 2012 @ 11:27am PDT
Mike Fleming

Mara Brock Akil and Salim AkilBREAKINGMara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, who last teamed on the Screen Gems remake Sparkle with Whitney Houston, have made a deal with Paramount Pictures for a new project with the working title Abandonment Issues. Mara Brock Akil will write the script and Salim Akil, her husband, will direct and they will produce together. Salim made his feature directing  debut with last year’s TriStar comedy Jumping The Broom, which opened tops at the box office and grossed over $40 million domestically. Read More »

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‘The Expendables 2′ Tops Crowded Box Office With $28.7M Weekend, ‘Bourne Legacy’ $17M, ‘ParaNorman’ $14M; ‘The Campaign’ $13.3M, ‘Sparkle’ $12M

August 17-19 Weekend Actuals

1. The Expendables 2 (Millenium/Lionsgate) NEW [3,316 Runs] R Friday $10.5M, Saturday $10.2M, Sunday $7.9M, Weekend $28.6M

2. The Bourne Legacy (Universal) Week 2 [3,753 Runs] PG13 Friday $5.3M, Saturday $7.1M, Sunday $4.7M, Weekend $17.1M (-55%), Cume $69.6M

3. ParaNorman 3D (Focus Features) NEW [3,429 Runs] PG Friday $4.6M, Saturday $5.4M, Sunday $4.1M, Weekend $14.1M

4. The Campaign (Warner Bros) Week 2 [3,255 Runs] R Friday $4.1M, Saturday $5.3M, Sunday $3.7M, Weekend $13.1M (-51%), Cume $51.4M

5. Sparkle (TriStar/Sony) NEW [2,244 Runs) PG13 Friday $4.5M, Saturday $4.3M,Sunday $2.8M, Weekend $11.6M

6. The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros) Week 5 [3,157 Runs] PG13 Friday $3.1M, Saturday $4.6M, Sunday $3.3M, Weekend $11.0M (-42%), Cume $409.8M

7. The Odd Life Of Timothy Green (Disney) Week 1 [2,598 Runs] PG Friday $3.4M, Saturday $4.3M, Sunday $3.1M, Weekend $10.8M, Cume $15.1M

8. Hope Springs (Sony) Week 2 [2,361 Runs] PG13 Friday $2.8M, Saturday $3.9M, Sunday $2.5M, Weekend $9.1M (-38%), Cume $35.1M

9. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (Fox) Week 3 [2,737 Runs] PG Friday $1.2M, Saturday $1.6M, Sunday $1.1M, Weekend $3.8M (-52%), Cume $38.7M

10. Total Recall (Sony) Week 3 [2,434 Runs] PG13 Friday $1.1M, Saturday $1.4M, Sunday $980K, Weekend $3.5M (-57%), Cume $51.8M

SUNDAY AM, 2ND UPDATE: Late start this morning. Full analysis coming. Here’s the Top Ten based on weekend estimates:

1. The Expendables 2 (Millenium/Lionsgate) NEW [3,316 Runs] R
Friday $10.5M, Saturday $10.2M, Weekend $28.7M

2. The Bourne Legacy (Universal) Week 2 [3,753 Runs] PG13
Friday $5.4M, Saturday $7.1M, Weekend $17.0M (-55%), Cume $69.5M

3. ParaNorman 3D (Focus Features) NEW [3,429 Runs] … Read More »

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