B.O. Roundup, August 15-17: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Overpower 'Expendables'

Sunday, 17 August 2014 22:38 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, August 15-17: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Overpower 'Expendables'

A trio of new wide releases joined the box office fray this weekend, but not a one was a match for holdover champs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy.

The live action reboot for the heroes in a half shell opened atop the heap last week and managed to hold on to the top spot, earning an estimated $28.4 million from 3,980 locations in North America.  That's a decline of 57% from its debut, which is actually less steep than expected given the poor reviews and "meh" word of mouth that has accompanied Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Thanks largely to the potency of the Turtles brand, the reboot's ten-day total now stands at $117.6 million.

In second place there's Marvel's space opera, which, according to current estimates, brought in another $24.7 million from 3,697 theaters.  That brings its domestic total to $222.2 million so far, zipping past the $206.3 million total of last year's Thor: The Dark World and rapidly closing in on Captain America: The Winter Soldier's $259.7 million total.  Guardians of the Galaxy has also raked in a whopping $196.4 million internationally.

Of the newcomers this weekend, Let's Be Cops surprised pretty much everybody by outpacing both The Expendables 3 and The Giver.  The modest comedy, budgeted at $17 million, collected an estimated $17.7 million from 3,094 theaters.  Since Let's Be Cops got a head start by opening on Wednesday, its total now stands at $26.1 million. 

Considering that New Girl players Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. are far from household names, it's especially impressive that they handed Sylvester Stallone and company their asses.  The Expendables 3 opened in third place with an estimated $16.2 million, a big 43% drop off from the opening of The Expendables 2 two years back.

So it looks like this franchise might be running out of gas, but why?  For one thing, the last two movies just weren't very good, coasting on their cameos.  For another, this installment opted for a more bloodless PG-13 rating.  And maybe the most substantial thing: Weeks ago, a DVD-quality version of The Expendables 3 leaked online and has reportedly been downloaded about 2 million times.  Expect many analysts to break down just how piracy impacted the picture's performance in the days to come.

In fifth place, there's The Giver, the long-awaited adaptation of Lois Lowry's seminal work of dystopian fiction for young readers.  The film earned $12.7 million from 3,003 locations, according to current estimates.  Despite heavy hitters like Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, The Giver gave the impression of being just another also-ran in the glut of dystopian YA adaptations that have been hitting for the last year and a half, despite the quality of the source material.

Here are the top ten movies in North America, along with their estimated grosses:

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles....................................$28.4 million...............$117.6 million

2. Guardians of the Galaxy............................................$24.7 million...............$222.2 million

3. Let's Be Cops..............................................................$17.7 million...............$26.1 million

4. The Expendables 3.....................................................$16.2 million...............New Release

5. The Giver.....................................................................$12.7 million...............New Release

6. Into the Storm.............................................................$7.7 million.................$31.3 million

7. The Hundred-Foot Journey.......................................$7.1 million.................$23.6 million

8. Lucy............................................................................$5.3 million.................$107.5 million

9. Step Up: All In...........................................................$2.7 million.................$11.8 million

10. Boyhood..................................................................$2.1 million.................$13.8 million

Overall, the top twelve marked a 6% improvement from the same frame last year and continued the boom that will make this the biggest August in domestic box office history.

The coming weekend adds plenty of competition to the mix, with goofy hyper-noir Sin City: A Dame to Kill For going up against teen drama If I Stay and football tearjerker When the Game Stands Tall.  Which new release will stand tallest next weekend?  Tune in to IAR to find out.  Same Rogue time, same Rogue channel.


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