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Just how bad is this summer's Hollywood box-office slump?

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In addition to its truly patriotic purpose, Independence Day weekend is typically a celebration of Hollywood bombast and spectacle, with huge CG blockbusters playing non-stop in air-conditioned multiplexes around the country. It’s often the halfway point in the year where studio executives can look at the grosses and their bottom lines, exhale, uncork a nice bottle, and think, “We’re going to be alright this year.”

Not this year.

In fact, the financial data for July 4-6 was downright terrifying. Not only were grosses down 45 percent from last year’s holiday, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com, but it was Hollywood’s worst July 4 weekend since 1999. (And that’s not taking into account inflation. In fact, this was the worst July-holiday weekend for ticket sales since the summer of Dragnet in 1987.) The Melissa McCarthy comedy Tammy scored $32.9 million in its first five days—not shabby for a movie that cost only $20 million to make, but hardly a summer savior and nothing close to her last two hits, Identity Thief and The Heat. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Transformers 4' holds No. 1 spot, no fireworks for 'Tammy'

Transformers: Age of Extinction showed its summer might once more by holding onto the No. 1 spot in its second weekend of release, grossing an estimated $36.4 million from 4,233 locations and effectively shutting out the slate of new releases. Michael Bay’s explosive epic also hit $400 million internationally after just 12 days in release.

But, overall, it was a quiet holiday weekend at the box office, and the gap between 2013 and 2014 summer earnings only continues to grow. None of the week’s new releases were ever going to match last year’s Despicable Me 2 opening.

Among the weekend openers was Warner Bros.’ R-rated comedy Tammy (C+ Cinema Score), which managed to take in just $21.2 million in its first weekend in release and $32.9 million across the five-day, cooling star Melissa McCarthy’s recent box office hot streak. The second place opening isn’t a disaster by any means—the pic only cost $20 million to produce—but it also didn’t meet the studio’s modest expectations ($37 million across five days). On top of that, the lousy Cinema Score means that this one will drop hard and fast.

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Box office update: 'Transformers 4' crushes 'Tammy,' 'Earth to Echo'

Tammy is no match for the Transformers. The Melissa McCarthy comedy had a slight shot at snagging the top spot over the holiday, but the Autobots managed to stave off extinction for one more week — at least till the Apes take over next weekend.

Michael Bay’s fourth installment in the toy-based franchise pulled in an estimated $10.6 million Friday, while the R-rated Tammy (C+ Cinema Score) took in $6.44 million from 3,400 theaters. In other words, there were no box office fireworks this weekend.

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Box office preview: 'Tammy' takes on the Transformers

Melissa McCarthy’s over-the-top comedy Tammy (C+ Cinema Score) bursts into theaters this long Fourth of July weekend to challenge Michael Bay’s over-the-top Transformers: Age of Extinction for the No. 1 spot. Will Americans choose an original comedy or the latest summer blockbuster to escape the heat and barbeques? It could be close.

Also opening wide is the E.T.-like Earth to Echo (A- Cinema Score) and the horror pic Deliver Us From Evil (B- Cinema Score). It’s the rare summer weekend without any sequels or franchises, and it won’t hold a candle to the same weekend last year which saw Despicable Me 2 take in $143 million across the Wednesday to Sunday time frame.

Here’s how things might play out.

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Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone reveal their Guy Fieri obsession

Married team Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone recently stopped by EW Radio to talk about Tammy, their passion project of a comedy. (McCarthy and Falcone wrote it together; the film stars McCarthy and was directed by Falcone in his feature debut.) In addition to dishing on the film, the couple also told us how they try to work a Guy Fieri reference into all their movies—including Bridesmaids. Listen below.  READ FULL STORY

'Tammy's Mark Duplass explains how to make a movie and a marriage work -- Exclusive photos

Mark Duplass, indie filmmaker and sitcom all-star (The League, The Mindy Project), knows what it’s like to make movies with someone you love. He writes and directs movies with his older brother, Jay (Cyrus), and he also collaborates with his League co-star and wife, Katie Aselton (Black Rock). So he was familiar with the challenge that faced Melissa McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, who combined to write, direct, produce, and star in Tammy, the road comedy co-starring Susan Sarandon that opens July 2.

The 37-year-old actor, who plays McCarthy’s romantic interest, Bobby, in the film, gave EW his three tips for making a movie and marriage work, and then discussed his upcoming HBO series in a lengthy Q&A. READ FULL STORY

'Tammy' trailer: Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon hit the road -- VIDEO

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If you’re gonna rob a fast food restaurant, don’t do it like Tammy.

In the upcoming comedy Tammy, Melissa McCarthy plays the title character, a woman who goes on the run with her drunk grandmother after losing her job and unfaithful husband. McCarthy co-wrote the script with her real-life husband, Ben Falcone, who directed and appears in the comedy that features a foul-mouthed Susan Sarandon as McCarthy’s nana. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'Tammy' teaser trailer: Melissa McCarthy is living in a gangsta's paradise -- VIDEO

If you’re a fan of Melissa McCarthy’s previous work — especially her blockbuster turn in The Heat last summer — it looks like Tammy was made for you. In addition to her starring role, McCarthy co-wrote the film with her husband, director Ben Falcone.

When Tammy (McCarthy) finds out her husband has been cheating on her, she embarks on a road trip with her hard-partying grandma (Susan Sarandon). But in the teaser trailer below, we see a solo Tammy gearing up for a fast-food robbery. She’s after bags of money and bags of pies while wearing a bag over her head and a bag over her “gun.” Check out the hilarious heist below: READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Jessica Chastain for 'Crimson Peak'; Plus, Bradley Cooper to replace Jude Law in Natalie Portman pic, more

• Guillermo del Toro is assembling quite the A-List cast for his gothic horror film Crimson Peak. Yesterday, we learned that Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) had joined the cast, and news broke today that two-time Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain is in final negotiations to star in the film. Del Toro produced Mama, which starred Chastain, but has never directed the Zero Dark Thirty star before. The project is the midst of a script re-write with Del Toro and Lucinda Coxon (The Heart of Me). Matthew Robbins (The Sugarland Express) wrote the original draft with Del Toro. [Variety]

• The trouble-plagued production for Jane Got a Gun may have finally gotten some good news. It looks like Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper is set to take over for Jude Law, who left the project late last month, as did director Lynne Ramsay. Warrior director Gavin O’Connor has since taken over, and they’ve continued shooting what they can with Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton. [Deadline]

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Melissa McCarthy talks casting Susan Sarandon in directorial debut, 'Tammy'

Melissa McCarthy tells EW that Susan Sarandon is close to signing on to play her Grandma in Tammy, a comedy co-written by the Bridesmaids star and her husband, director Ben Falcone. McCarthy, 42, is set to play the titular main character “who’s kind of falling apart and has to get out of town but her car is broken down” she says. “So she ends up on the road with her grandma, who has drinking problem for sure. They both have their issues they’re not acknowledging and they’re leaving town without knowing where they’re going. I love that there’s something that happens in a car with people where all bets off. You’re off your rhythm, off your schedule, you’re forced to be completely adaptable or die.”

Originally Shirley MacLaine was attached to play the role of McCarthy’s grandma, but the deal never came to fruition. “It didn’t work out but I think it’s meant to be,” says McCarthy, of the now-likely casting of the 66-year-old Oscar winner. “It’s Susan, Susan, Susan. We’re putting together a cast that literally makes my head spin.” READ FULL STORY

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