BOR: Turtles Still Number One

By Peter Towe

Published on Sunday, August 17, 2014

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has once again finished number one at the box office bringing in an estimated $28.4 million.  TMNT now has two weekends at number one, something Guardians of the Galaxy was only able to accomplish once.  The film has done well with younger fans, while older fans hoping for the bliss of nostalgia have been severely disappointed.  Let’s hope they improve the weaknesses of the original with the planned 2016 sequel, but the studio is cleaning up at the box office, so I don’t expect too many changes.

Guardians of the Galaxy once again finished second with $24.7 million, and an impressive $222,281,000 so far at the domestic box office.  To date, Guardians is the sixth highest grossing film of the summer.

The three new wide releases underwhelmed and underperformed in their opening weekends, and round out the top-five.  The best of the bunch, Let’s Be Cops finished third with $17.7 million, which isn’t bad considering the budget and competition.

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The most talked about release this weekend was the action-comedy The Expendables 3, which finished with a terribly low $16.2 million.  People have speculated the reasons for The Expendables 3 box office failures, and I believe non of them.  The first excuse is that the film leaked online, hence the poor box office return.  The other excuse, is that the switch to a more generalized PG-13 hurt the returns.  Neither of these work for me, as my belief is that it is just a terrible movie, and audiences were tired of being tricked the first two times around.  Nobody asked for a third Expendables movie, as we had already been fooled twice by Stallone and company.

The least talked about release of the weekend with an actual star-studded cast (I mean Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep) was yet anther YA novel adaption The Giver.  Rounding out the top-five, audiences were less than thrilled and the film earned only $12.8 million, proving that not every YA adaption will be a smash at the box office.

Here’s the flu top-ten box office weekend estimates.

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $28.4 million

2. Guardians of the Galaxy $24.7 million

3. Let’s Be Cops $17.7 million

4. The Expendables 3 $16.2 million

5. The Giver $12.8 million

6. Into the Storm $7.7 million

7. The Hundred-Foot Journey $7.1 million

8. Lucy $5.3 million

9. Step Up All In $2.7 million

10. Boyhood $2.2 million

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