Holdover tent-poles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy maintained the top spots at the weekend box office, while the new openers trailed behind. But, while it was expected that Let’s Be Cops and The Giver would open in the teens, the biggest surprise of the weekend was The Expendables 3, a franchise pic which should have easily opened in the $20 to $25 million range, but instead floundered with an estimated $16.2 million.
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Turtle Power does exist after all. The heroes in a half shell surpassed industry and analyst expectations by more than $20 million, raking in an estimated $65 million in its first weekend in theaters. With an additional $28.7 million from 19 international territories, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which cost $125 million to produce, has earned $93.7 million globally. No wonder Paramount has already announced plans for a summer 2016 sequel.
The Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies pic may not have resonated with the critics, but that didn’t seem to matter much to its target audience: kids. While moviegoers overall slapped the Michael Bay-produced movie with a lackluster B Cinema Score, kids were much more enthusiastic, giving it an A overall. Audiences on the whole were mostly male (61 percent) and a significant portion (45 percent) were under 25 years old.
It looks like a pizza party may be in order.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brought in an estimated $25.6 million on its first day in theaters, including $4.6 million from screenings on Thursday night. Though it was widely expected to be in a tight race for No. 1 with Guardians of the Galaxy, TMNT more than doubled the estimated Friday earnings of Marvel’s reigning champ ($12.34 million).
The big opening day puts the $125 million Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies reboot on track to take in around $62 million this weekend, beating analyst and studio estimates of a $40 million start. Audiences were mostly male (61 percent) and age 25 or older (55 percent); they were more receptive to the movie than critics, awarding it a Cinema Score of B, though kids exiting the theaters gave it an A.
Following last weekend’s record-breaking debut of Guardians of the Galaxy, Disney hit the $1 billion mark for domestic box-office returns this week.
The boost lifts the studio to second in domestic market share, beating out Warner Bros. but still trailing 20th Century Fox, which has had a banner year with X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fault in Our Stars, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Nostalgia can be a powerful force in driving audiences to theaters, but this weekend the ’90s heroes in a half shell have to contend with a foe more deviant than Shredder: great buzz. Last weekend’s record-shattering debut of the once obscure Marvel property Guardians of the Galaxy will have a major impact on how Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fares out of the gates, and it might not be the most positive one.
This weekend also sees the debut of The One-Hundred Foot Journey, Into the Storm, and Step Up All In, all of which open in 2,000+ theaters, and limited releases such as What If, The Dog, and James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D.
Here’s how things might play out across this packed weekend at the theaters.
Marvel’s got a new star (or five) in its roster: Guardians of the Galaxy launched to an estimated $94 million this weekend in 4,080 theaters, setting a new record for an August debut. (The previous winner was 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, with $69.3 million.) That’s the third biggest opening of 2014 so far, behind Transformers: Age of Extinction ($100 million) and Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million). It’s also the seventh best opening in history for a non-sequel (or sixth if you count Marvel’s The Avengers as a mega-sequel), outpacing other superhero series debuts such as 2011’s Thor ($65.7 million) and 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger ($65.1 million). One more fun stat: Guardians is Marvel’s ninth (!) consecutive No. 1 movie, a streak that reaches back to Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012), which debuted at No. 3. READ FULL STORY
The motley crew of rebels and mercenaries in Guardians of the Galaxy make their theatrical debut this weekend, and all signs point to a stellar opening. They might not be the most popular or well-known Marvel characters, but strong reviews and an even stronger marketing campaign have helped to drum up interest for these unlikely superheroes, which include an earthling (Chris Pratt), a talking raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and a tree (Vin Diesel). As the widest August release in history with a 4,080 screen launch, Guardians is tracking at $65 million, but many analysts think that it has the potential to earn much more.
The James Brown biopic Get On Up, starring Chadwick Boseman as the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, opens in 2,466 theaters this weekend, providing some much-needed alternative programming in this summer of superheroes and sequels.
Here’s how things might play out.
Hercules‘s muscles were no match for Lucy‘s drug-enhanced brain at the box office this weekend. Audiences turned out in earnest to see the Scarlett Johansson thriller, which earned an expectation-shattering $44 million from 3,173 theaters in its first weekend.
Not only is it director Luc Besson’s biggest opening, Lucy is also a career high for Scarlett Johansson as a lead. Audiences for the original feature were evenly split between genders, 35 percent were under the age of 25, and 29 percent were Hispanic. But even though the EuropaCorp-produced, Universal-distributed project appealed to a wide demographic swath, those who did see the R-rated action film were a little less kind in the exit polls, slapping Lucy with a poor C+ Cinema Score.
Dwayne Johnson’s brawn was no match for Scarlett Johansson’s brain at the box office on Friday, as Johansson’s new action film Lucy took the top spot. With an estimated $17.1 million on Friday, Lucy may bring an unexpected boost to this year’s weak July box office and is now on track to pass its estimated $35 million opening, further cementing Johansson’s star power.
Though he definitely has a lot of power in his own way, Dwayne Johnson didn’t have enough strength as Hercules at the box office; Brett Ratner‘s poorly reviewed adaptation of Steve Moore’s 2008 graphic novel took in just $11 million on its first day out. However, the film started off strong internationally in 19 markets and still may do better than originally projected. Lucy won’t open internationally until next week.
The rest of the top five were all holdover summer sequels from previous weeks. Still monkeying around on 3000+ screens, last week’s top earner Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took the third place spot with an additional $4.7 million on Friday in its third week of release. The second film in the remade franchise is on track to cross the $170 million mark by the end of the weekend.
The Purge: Anarchy was still able to convince moviegoers to get their scare on with an estimated $3.4 million on Friday. However, the horror sequel is on track to see a 65-percent decline in sales for its second weekend in theaters.
And it looks like most parents and kids stayed home on Friday night, as Disney’s Planes: Fire and Rescue rounded out the top five with just $2.8 million on Friday. Also in its second week of release, the animated film will be aiming toward a $30 million domestic total this weekend.
Here’s the top five:
1. Lucy – $17.1 million Friday (new)
2. Hercules – $11 million Friday (new)
3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $4.7 million Friday ($160.4M domestic total)
4. The Purge: Anarchy — $3.4 million Friday ($44.8 million domestic total)
5. Planes: Fire & Rescue – $2.8 million Friday ($28.58 million domestic total)
Check back in tomorrow for the full weekend report.
Hercules might be a legendary warrior, but Lucy‘s brain capacity will likely prove too formidable a foe for the Greek demigod at the box office. The Scarlett Johansson-led action film looks poised to ravage Dwayne Johnson’s sword-and-sandals epic as both debut on 3,000+ screens this weekend.
Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes, starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas also opens in 1,800 theaters, which could possibly break the top five with $8 million, closing out a quiet and struggling July at the box office before Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy arrives next weekend.
Here’s how things might play out.
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