Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: August 17th, 2014

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August 2014 stays on pace for a new box office record, but this week’s new releases couldn’t top the reigning kings.

Coming in at number 1 (again) is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with $28.4 million. The Turtles held on much better than some of this summer’s bigger releases and easily trounced any new contenders. Now at $117 million, TMNT has defied the odds and proven itself a bona fide success.

The number 2 film this week is Guardians of the Galaxy with $24.7 million. Marvel’s runaway hit is already up to $222 million (after only three weeks) and is currently the 6th highest grossing movie of 2014. While the film has a decent chance of catching Captain America 2 for highest grossing film of the year, it will most certainly eclipse Transformers 4 as the top summer release. Guardians has also grossed $196 million internationally.

The buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops (read our review) is the number 3 film with $17.7 million. Poorly timed release aside, Let’s Be Cops was actually able to beat some notable summer comedy releases like Sex Tape and A Million Ways to Die in the West. More impressively, it did so without the star power of those films.

Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. in Lets Be Cops Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: August 17th, 2014

Let’s Be Cops actually opened on Wednesday of this week, and did decent business then as well. The film is now up to $26 million.

In at number 4 is The Expendables 3 (read our review) with $16.2 million. There were likely a lot of factors that played into The Expendables 3‘s success (or lack thereof), but we’d surmise that franchise fatigue was a big one. This third film was also the first to carry a PG-13 rating instead of a hard R, which could have been off-putting to series fans.

Whatever the case may be, it’s pretty clear that The Expendables‘ pull among action fans is dying off. The franchise was off to a great start when Expendables 1 opened with $34 million in 2010, but $28 million from the second film and now $16 million from this third one is a clear sign things are no longer working.

Rounding out the top 5 is The Giver (read our review) with $12.7 million. That’s obviously much lower than your average YA success and more in line with recent flops like The Mortal Instruments and The Host.

August 2014 Preview The Giver Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: August 17th, 2014

The Giver had an uphill climb almost out of the gate and clearly struggled without a bankable lead and a potentially off-putting black-and-white visual style. Not to mention, the film’s tweaks to the source material likely hurt its appeal to book fans.

The tornado-chasing thriller Into the Storm comes in at number 6 with $7.7 million. Although the film has done middling business since release, it’s unlikely to make back its $50 million budget, let alone turn a profit. $31 million after two weeks is nothing to write home about for a film with big aspirations like this.

Coming in at number 7 is The Hundred-Foot Journey with $7.1 million, which brings its domestic total up to $23 million. The Helen Mirren-led foodie picture held better than all other top 10 releases, which we predicted last week. More importantly, the film eclipsed its $22 million production budget after two weeks.

Lucy is the number 8 film with $5.3 million. Luc Besson’s latest action-y flick has defied all expectations, grossing $107 million off a $40 million budget. Clearly the power of The Avengers is strong with Scarlett Johansson.

Lucy Movie Scarlett Johansson Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: August 17th, 2014

In at number 9 is Step Up All In with $2.7 million. There isn’t much in the way of good news for this dance-centric franchise, as the most recent entry has only grossed $11 million.

Rounding out the top 10 is Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which jumped up 8.9% and pulled in $2.1 million over the weekend. The critically acclaimed indie, which follows a young boy over a period of 12 years, is now up to $13 million.

[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, August 18th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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    • Just because a movie makes money does not mean it’s a good film tmnt was just as awful as transformers 4

      • Thank you! You showed up just in time.

        You are exactly they type of “fan boy/girl” I’m talking about.

        You say; “Just because a movie makes money….”

        Movies are SUPPOSED to make money. That is why they get made. To make money.

        A “fan” can “Rant” and rave all they want to get it out of his or her system.

        However, in the end, those rantings are just a lot of hot air.

        Who’s laughing now? Michael Bay.

        • Movies are also made for the fan and viewer not just to make money If the movie has zero entertainment value bad script no acting terrible direction then I believe the director or producers have then failed in their jobs it is not all about money if that was the case people would not spend years studying something they love. Michael bay needs to go back to school and learn about loving cinema again.

        • Proof in point guardians of the galaxy is a movie made by a filmmaker who cares about the source material and treats the viewer with respect.

        • Kryptonic
          You are right from a certain point of view about the fact that movies are designed to make money

          However, there can be a difference between a ‘good’ movie and one that makes lots or the most money,
          If the finances were the only way to determine a good movie then movies like transformers would have won best picture accolades from the likes of the oscars or golden globes but the movies that tend to win those awards are rarely the movie with the biggest box office numbers

          I do agree with whar you are saying though

        • Sadly, you’re 100% right. Movies can be the biggest pile of garbage, but if they make bank at the box office, then they’ll be deemed a “success” and we’ll get more of the same – regardless of what the critics say.

          That’s how the studio execs (read: business people) who green light these things see it. That’s why it’s been so hard to get an R rated Deadpool movie, or a sequel to Judge Dredd etc.

          Regardless of what the “real” fans say, the box office is king, and “real” fans can just go read more comic books.

    • Transferring Digital Cookie.

    • TMNT barely beat GOTG this weekend. A difference of a few million. GOTG is on its third weekend and was an unknown property. TMNT is on its second weekend and is a well known property.

      I’d say that TMNT could have done much, much better. It didn’t and that says something.

      • GOTG? That flick had nothing to do with my point.

        You seem defensive(?) GOTG was a quirky fun movie. I liked it.

        However, as good as you feel GOTG was it wasn’t good enough to stay #1 at the box office for more than one week.

        TMNT dethroned GOTG last week. And this week remains at the top, 2 weeks in a row.

        Main reason GOTG is at the #2 position this week is because “Expendables 3″ sucked hard. Feige and Gunn should be high fiving Sylvester Stallone and THANKING him with free Marvel comic books.

        Really, if GOTG is as “great” as you think it is, TMNT would NOT have dethroned it last week. AND THIS weekend, as well.

        • GOTG made 40+ million in its second week and 90+ million in its first week, clearly much better than TMNT did. Those figures don’t even matter because the amount of money made by the film has no indication to the quality of the film. Michael Bay’s best film is ‘The Rock’ which is a memorable 90′s action classic but its box office earnings are nothing compared to Transformers 2 which is generally considered his worst film to date.

          • Exactly.

        • Defensive? haha, ok.

          I ignored your trolling and pointed out the obvious. GOTG basically tied TMNT this weekend. GOTG is on its third week, TMNT its second. TMNT could have done better. Simple.

          GOTG just passed $400 million worldwide in three weeks. My point is that it will make more money than the TMNT reboot.

    • I think Eminiem said it best “Just because you sell a million albums doesn’t mean it’s any good, it just means a million people are stupid as F#@k” people who see Michael Bay films prove this to be true with ticket sales as well.

      Bottom line; The success of a movie has nothing to do with it being any good because there will always be millions of stupid people.

      • Better words have not been spoken sir.

      • Yeah but sometimes people need the things they like to be popular and successful because it validates their own tastes.

    • This cracks me up. It seems (not saying this is the case, it just seems like it) like Kryptonic (cool name, by the way) was waiting for this article to publish (I can see him refreshing his screen every 10 seconds in eager anticipation) just so he can paste this pre-written comment that he’s been working on since 2012 (the link of the article in his comment was from 2012) to show everyone how WRONG they were!

      In any case, I agree – fanboy/girl comments on message/comment boards like this won’t do much to make or break a movie. It’s like people complaining to no end about how much they hate the plastic on the Samsung Galaxy phones, yet they typically outsell all other smartphones (not a Samsung fanboy, by any means, just sayin’).

      It’s still real entertaining, though, to watch fanboys go at it.

  1. Expendables 3 at no.4

    Hmm…I guess Stallone’s strategy to include younger actors and a PG-13 rating bites him in the ass

    • I vote Michael Bay to direct Expendables 4. Add Kevin Bacon or Ron Perlman or Robert DeNiro as the villains.

      Get rid of the young actors. Add Pierce Brosnan, Jackie Chan and Hulk Hogan.
      Bring back Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis.

      • I don’t think any of that will help either honestly. I think people just aren’t interested in the series anymore. I lost interest after the first one.

    • Franchise fatigue as well. I only liked the first one (director’s cut). Shame Stallone and Co. couldn’t make anything memorable beyond that and yes, going PG-13 from R was a big mistake. Hollywood never learns and continues to alienate fans.

  2. I think a few things contributed to its demise.

    1. 1st the marketing was horrible for this film. You got no sense of what the movie was about.

    2. I agree, the addition of the younger stars defeated the premise.

    3. Also the PG-13 rating turned me off. Again it defeated the premise.

    So basically, they went against everything that made the first films attractive in the first place.

  3. 1. Good, I’m not the only one who thinks going from r to pg13 is p***ing out for cash.
    2. Boy, studios just love ya adaptions, don’t they?(not saying the giver was bad because I haven’t seen it.
    3 See Hollywood! Look at gotg! You can sell toys AND make a good movie at once!
    4 Michael Bay won agian . Wow.. so shocking.

    And.. that’s all I got.

  4. old people shooting stuff 3 flopped b/c of the leaked copies all over the net that came out like 2-3 weeks ago. which is good b/c the movie is a horrible pile of boring garbage (minus some of the jokes, which where ok).

    hopefully sly doesn’t go ahead with rambo 5 and just retires into directing and writing, he’s getting too old for this s***.

    • “old people shooting stuff 3″

      Old People Shooting Stuff: 3 !!!


  5. You guys don’t seem to acknowledge this, but Expendables 3 was leaked in a perfect DVD quality about 2-3 weeks ago. I would say that was the biggest crippler judging by how many people were reported to have torrented the film.

    I went to go see it in theaters and people laughed and seemed to love it at most parts. Loved Snipes & Banderas especially.

    • Bandares was the only good part of the film, snipes was useless to the plot and he sucked a big one in the film. He was basically in it to be ignorant to statham.

  6. I enjoyed TMNT, I loved Guardians, Lets Be Cops was poop but whatever, and I enjoyed the Expendables 3 as I did the first 2 and yah I know their all cheesy garbage. It’s was pretty much expected that 3 would flop many factors going against it #1 being no one cares anymore the gimmick is old but I still hope a 4 happens.

  7. Expendables 4 Kurt Russel or do not do it also include Carl Weathers.

    • And Bolo Yeung

  8. This shows that the ones that actually support the movies are just regular movie goers like me. Not them fanboys that all they do is cry and whine bout everything bout a movie. TAS2 was trashed by fanboys but me my girl nd my friends really enjoyed it. Same goes for transformers 4 nd TMNT. So maybe y’all should just chill a bit more nd tryna enjoy it instead of complaining all the damn time. Or just make yo damn own movie nd see how that goes.

    • Yes carlos cuz everyone has millions of dollars and the necessary skills to just make their own blockbuster movie.

      Everyone is a fan of something. Fans have the right to complain if they don’t like how their franchise is treated. Everyone cares about something. Are you a fan of driving a nice car? If I keyed your car would you get angry? And if you did, what if I said your just a pansy complaining about it.

      People have the right to be angry about movies being sub-par when other movies have proven that they can be successful, financially, critically, for the fans and audience. If people want to complain let the complain. It’s their right. They just want to see a good movie made by people who don’t just look at the audience as walking dollar signs.

      Likewise, if you like these movies, cool. Just don’t rag on fans that disagree with you, because you are a fan of something to.

  9. Damn Michael Bay and Marvel ruining the only action franchise we have left!

  10. Hey Anthony,

    Nice article. But please lay off the ‘make its budget back’ talk. Most people here know that a movie hasn’t made a profit once its production budget is paid back (even when not considering the marketing budget). In some of those cases you also seem to dismiss the fact that movies also get an international release, which (especially later years) can make more money than domestic BO alone.

    Kind regards,

    • A film making its budget back is usually important because it means if DVD sales are strong then there is still hope. There’s only so much you can say about a movie in its second, third, or 10th week in the top 10 so I try to find some useful info each post. As far as international releases, where it is relevant (mainly in the blockbusters) I put the domestic and worldwide box office.


      • Understandable. But – and I’m not sure if you switch up writers every week – it seems like one week there is a lot of talk about budgets and then the next week there is none. I get that there isn’t a lot to write about a movie, but perhaps you can switch all the general statements up a bit every week. Or not.

  11. Obviously the movie must be good cause it attracted a lot of moviegoers young and old and made lots of dough!Bottomline, if the movie sucks its going to flop big time!!!
    Whiners are going to hate no matter what! They’re BORN to HATE! HAHAHAHAHA!!

  12. I bet we see a sequel to Let’s Be Cops after the successful opening. “Let’s Be Feds”?

  13. Agreed that piracy, lack or R rating, franchise fatigue and bad reviews all contributed to Expendables downfall.

    I actually think they would’ve benefited from a changed release date. Maybe end of February beginning of March where there was far less competition. They still could’ve retained the R rating and hopeD for success.

    It is however ironic that all measures for greater commercial success actually worked against the movie. The PG-13 rating proving useless, alienating it’s prime audience and at the same time showing no appeal towards younger cinemagoers. Remember it’s just followed two very kid friendly blockbusters in GOTG & TMNT and parents will not take their kids to this movie.

    Recruiting the younger cast didn’t matter since they weren’t the main leads in the movie. Today’s generation may not even know who Sly & co are. This is the advantage of the Fast & Furious franchise. Diesel, Walker , Rodriguez are more relevant amongst today’s audiences.

    The Transformers franchise can just show all different types of robots and make it seem like there’s something new and fresh even when it’s just the same old. Expendables just don’t have that same luxury.

    It’s just a shame as it was a very fun and entertaining film. I would say though that this should definitely be the last.