B.O. Roundup, August 8-10: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Cry Cowabunga

Sunday, 10 August 2014 11:27 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, August 8-10: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Cry Cowabunga

More than twenty years after their last live action adventure, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back.

In fact, their dominance of the domestic box office suggests that the heroes in a half shell never really went away.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opened in 3,845 theaters in North America and topped expectations for the weekend by earning a whopping $65.0 million, according to current estimates.

That estimate makes the Jonathan Liebesman-directed, Michael Bay-produced reboot the fourth biggest August opening weekend ever (not adjusted for inflation) ahead of Signs and Rise of the Planet of the Apes but behind Rush Hour 2, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

After Guardians of the Galaxy debuted huge last week, a lot of prognosticators forecast a Marvel Studios repeat at number one.  Going in to the weekend, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was pegged to make between $40 and $50 million.

Instead, Leo, Mikey, Donnie, and Raph surpassed expectations in spite of a critical pummeling.  Families turned out in force, but Ninja Turtles benefited enormously from grown adults with a fondness for the characters from they previous heyday back in the 1980s and '90s.  A full 55% of moviegoers who saw the film were over 25 years old.

Paramount's happy enough to schedule Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Not the Secret of the Ooze This Time for June 3, 2016.

Guardians of the Galaxy, meanwhile, declined 56% and fell to second place with an estimated $41.5 million.  That drop off isn't as bad as those that accompanied Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier recently.  So far, Marvel's latest franchise has earned $175.9 million domestically, the best ten-day total of 2014 so far.

The found footage disaster movie Into the Storm opened in third place with an estimated $18.0 million from 3,434 locations in the U.S. and Canada.  Oddly enough, the tornado adventure debuted to exactly the same $18.0 million figure as director Steven Quale's last movie, Final Destination 5.

In fourth place was The Hundred Foot Journey, a decidedly non-bombastic drama starring Helen Mirren.  Playing in 2,023 theaters, the film made $11.1 million in three days, according to estimates.

The weekend's final new release, Step Up: All In, debuted in sixth place behind Lucy, which is within spitting distance of the $100 million mark.  The fifth installment in the Step Up franchise posted an estimated $6.5 million.  That's by far the lowest opening in the eight-year history of the series, suggesting that the dancing franchise might be running out of gas.

Check out the top ten and their estimates:

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...............................................$65.0 million...............New Release

2. Guardians of the Galaxy........................................................$41.5 million...............$175.9 million

3. Into the Storm.........................................................................$18.0 million...............New Release

4. The Hundred-Foot Journey...................................................$11.1 million...............New Release

5. Lucy........................................................................................$9.3 million................$97.3 million

6. Step Up: All In........................................................................$6.5 million................New Release

7. Hercules..................................................................................$5.7 million................$63.4 million

8. Get On Up...............................................................................$5.0 million................$22.9 million

9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes............................................$4.7 million................$197.8 million

10. Planes: Fire & Rescue.........................................................$2.4 million................$52.9 million

Check out IAR's interview with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett.  And see what Sarah Wayne Callies had to say about Into the Storm while you're at it.

Let's Be Cops throws in some competition this Wednesday, followed by The Giver and The Expendables 3 on Friday.  Will the Turtles stay on top?


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