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411 Box Office Report: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Repeats at #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.17.2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held onto the top spot for the second weekend in a row at the box office. Paramount's live-action reboot of the franchise scored $28.4 million for a second week at #1. That makes for a 57% drop, which is pretty solid considering the film's overperformance last weekend and the genre. The film is one of the few 2014 entries to top the box office for more than one weekend, joining the likes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The LEGO Movie and Transformers: Age of Extinction. The film has now grossed $117.6 million domestically and $185.1 million; it's well on its way to a high number and should be able to top $175 million stateside. The budget was $125 million.

Coming in at #2 for a second week was Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. The ensemble space adventure brought in $24.7 million to land close on Turtles' heels, which brought its three week total to $224.3 million domestically and $418.7 million worldwide. The film is nothing but good news for Marvel; it's already topped Captain America: The First Avenger and The Incredible Hulk in worldwide gross, with Thor next on its list. It's also easily outpacing Captain America: The Winter Soldier at this point and should have no problem beating that film's final $259.7 million domestic gross, which would put it as the highest-grossing film of the year so far. The film's budget was $170 million.

Coming in at #3 in its first weekend was Let's Be Cops. The police-themed comedy brought in $17.7 million over the three-day weekend, which is a bit below what Fox was hoping for but still solid. The film opened on Wednesday and has brought in a total of $26.1 million since then, with an additional $656,000 grossed overseas. The film received a B CinemaScore, which will neither help nor hurt its future weeks, while critics weren't kind at all (11% on Rotten Tomatoes). While this film probably won't top out at much more than $45 million, it's a hit for Fox with a production budget of just $17 million.

The Expendables 3 opened way below expectations, all the way down at #4 with just $16.2 million. The latest entry of the action ensemble film showed that the franchise is really showing its age; audiences just weren't interested and it was way under the low to mid-twenties that Lionsgate was hoping for. Critic reviews were sharp (33% Rotten Tomatoes) but didn't matter; audiences don't pay much attention to reviews for this franchise before going. In this case, it was just a matter of franchise fatigue and Lionsgate not marketing appropriately. On the positive side, those who saw the movie loved it; the film scored an A- CinemaScore and positive word of mouth might help its legs. And that will be essential to the film, as the budget was $90 million; with the film probably ending around $40 million or so domestically, it'll need international grosses to save it.

The Giver opened right about at where the Weinstein Company expected it, with a $12.8 million opening and a #5 finish. The young adult sci-fi adaptation was no Hunger Games or Divergent but it avoided the anemic starts of Vampire Academy, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and The Host. This was another one that critics passed on but that audiences liked; the B+ CinemaScore should factor into its legs at the box office and it could end up as high as $40 million domestically. The budget was $25 million.

Into the Storm suffered the predictable heavy falloff of disaster and found footage films in its second weekend. The tornado pic was down three spots to #6 with $7.7 million; that's a 56% fall, which is right about in line with Pompeii's 58% drop in February and ahead of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones' 66% fall in January. The film still has a go to make back its $50 million budget; it has totaled $31.3 million domestically and $39.6 million worldwide. It should end up with about $42 million domestically and will have to rely on its opening in other markets to hit a profit.

The Hundred-Foot Journey had a good hold in its second weekend, taking in $7.1 million in its three-spot fall to #7. That's a drop of just 35% from last weekend, which is very good considering its middling reviews. The good word of mouth is paying off for this one and it is looking likely to turn into a solid hit for Disney. So far it has $23.6 million in the coffers and should finish out around $40 million domestically, offsetting the $22 million budget nicely.

Scarlett Johansson's Lucy was down three spots to #8 in its fourth weekend with $5.3 million. The film has totaled $107.5 million domestically and $168.5 million worldwide, and could finish as high as $125 million in the US. The budget was $40 million.

Step Up All In suffered a second weekend drop typical of its franchise, quickly fading away with just $2.7 million for a #9 finish. The film fell 58%, which is right around the lines of Step Up 3D in 2010. The film is a minor blip at best in domestic box office at $11.8 million--and a likely final tally below $20 million--but is a big hit for Lionsgate, with a $49.6 million worldwide gross.

Closing out the top ten was Richard Linklater's Boyhood, up three spots in its sixth weekend to #10 with $2.2 million. The drama, which stars Ethan Hawke and Ellar Coltrane, is riding a wave of critical acclaim and audience love; it was shot over a twelve-year period using Coltrane as he grew from childhood to adulthood. The film has totaled $13.8 million domestically and $22.7 million worldwide on a $4 million budget and could finish as high as $20 million if it continues to do well week-to-week.

The weekend box office tally came back to Earth after two sky-high takes, scoring $139.8 million. That's up all of 0.2% from last year's $139.5 million, which was led by The Butler's $24.6 million opening.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - $28.4 million ($117.6 million total)
2. Guardians of the Galaxy - $24.7 million ($222.3 million total)
3. Let's Be Cops - $17.7 million ($26.1 million total)
4. The Expendables 3 - $16.2 million ($16.2 million total)
5. The Giver - $12.8 million ($12.8 million total)
6. Into The Storm - $7.7 million ($31.3 million total)
7. The Hundred-Foot Journey - $7.1 million ($23.6 million total)
8. Lucy - $5.3 million ($107.5 million total)
9. Step Up All In - $2.7 million ($11.8 million total)
10. Boyhood - $2.2 million ($13.8 million total)


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