“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” annihilated the competition and held on to the top two spots at the box office this weekend.
Turtles fell 57 percent to an estimated $28.4 million. The film has earned $117.6 million domestically, and over $65 million overseas. The latest Michael Bay abomination (he produced Turtles) avoided the traditional 60-percent-plus drop that si many of 2014’s blockbusters have experienced.
n its third weekend, “Guardians of the Galaxy” dipped 41 percent to $24.7 million. The really good news: The film left “Amazing Spider-Man 2” in the dust long ago, and this past weekend, Guardians passed Thor 2’s domestic total.
Guardians should have no trouble catching “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” which finished with $260 million earlier this year. Could “Guardians of the Galaxy” finish over $300 million domestically? I think there’s a shot.
Now we get to the newcomers this week: ” Let’s Be Cops” surprised everyone by taking third place with $17.7 million. Including its Wednesday and Thursday grosses, “Let’s Be Cops” has earned $26.1 million. The movie’s audience was 56 percent male and 54 percent under the age of 25. With poor reviews and mixed word-of-mouth (“B” CinemaScore), this movie won’t hold up well.
However, a third place finish is a solid start for a terrible movie. It’s also worth noting “Let’s Be Cops” opened higher than 2014 turkeys “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” “Sex Tape” and “Blended.”
The AARP folks won’t be happy bout this: “The Expendables 3” opened in fourth place with an estimated $16.2 million, which is down 43 percent from The Expendables 2’s debut in 2012. Granted, a version of the movie has been online for the past few weeks, and has reportedly been downloaded over two million times. But I can’t imagine that’s the sole reason for the 43 percent nosedive.
The Expendables 3’s audience was 61 percent male and 66 percent over the age of 25 (the new PG-13 rating didn’t help). It received an “A-” CinemaScore, which suggests decent word-of-mouth. Which reminds me, expect my review of this movie either today or tomorrow. Depending on how I’m feeling and what’s on Netflix.
Playing at 3,003 theaters, “The Giver” bombed this weekend, landing in fifth place with an estimated $12.8 million. Move over “The Host,” “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” and “Beautiful Creatures,” you got a new member to your club.
Your top five movies this weekend:
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — $28.4 million ($117.64 million domestic total)
2. Guardians of the Galaxy — $24.7 million ($222.28 million domestic total)
3. Let’s Be Cops — $17.7 million ($26.1 million domestic total since Wednesday)
4. The Expendables 3 — $16.2 million
5. The Giver — $12.76 million
And next week…