The heroes in a half shell were the mutants who came out on top at the box office this week, but the figures weren’t as impressive as last time around.
Opening at #1 is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (read our review), which grossed $35.2 million in its first three days. That’s more than $30 million less when compared to how its 2014 predecessor debuted ($65.5 million), illustrating that the demand may not have been there this time around. Though early reviews said the sequel was better than the first film, the overall critical consensus didn’t paint an appealing picture and most of the responses were negative. That clearly didn’t help matters, as those uninitiated with the Turtles didn’t have much reason to check this one out in theaters.
As such, many will be curious to see how TMNT 2 holds up as it progresses through its run. The last movie came out at the tail end of the summer movie season in August and had little competition to speak of. Out of the Shadows is playing in the heat of the busiest time of the year, and there are still plenty of high profile projects opening in the coming weeks. If interest was relatively low in the property during its opening weekend, it could fall off quickly. Paramount will obviously be hoping for a boost from the international markets. The worldwide total is currently $69.2 million.
Falling to second is X-Men: Apocalypse with $22.3 million. That’s a steep 66.1 percent drop-off from its start, indicating that the mixed word-of-mouth is damaging its longterm prospects. The latest installment in the comic book franchise stands at $116.4 million domestically, but has had a much stronger showing overseas. Currently, it has made $402.5 million globally.
Debuting in third is Me Before You (read our review), which brought in $18.2 million during its first three days. The romantic drama was able to capitalize on its status as a counter-programming option, as well as appealing to the female demographic that’s been fairly underserved in the past few weeks. What’s more is that the film cost just $20 million to produce, meaning that it’s already made back its budget when international figures are accounted for. Me Before You may not be a big crossover hit, but it should turn a nice profit for Warner Bros. when it’s all said and done.
Alice Through the Looking Glass comes in fourth, grossing $10.6 million in its second weekend. The fantasy adventure has been Disney’s first real commercial disappointment of the year, making only $50.7 million Stateside at this point in its run. At $176.2 million worldwide (after the first one made $1 billion), it’s unlikely an Alice in Wonderland 3 comes through the pipeline any time soon.
Rounding out the top five is The Angry Birds Movie, which made $9.7 million in its third weekend. The animated game adaptation is up to $86.6 million domestically.
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is the #6 film with $7.5 million. The superhero epic is up to $388.9 million domestically, ranking as the fourth largest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It has a realistic chance to pass Iron Man 3‘s $409 million, so it may not be done moving up the charts.
Comedy Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is seventh with $4.7 million. The sequel has now made $48.5 million domestically.
Despite being the best reviewed new release of the week, mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (read our review) could only manage an eighth place debut. The Andy Samberg vehicle made just $4.6 million in its first three days, suggesting that while The Lonely Island is a YouTube sensation, they can’t carry a feature film in this day and age. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like this one will be around for much longer, meaning its best case scenario is gaining cult status on home media.
The Jungle Book comes in ninth with $4.2 million. The latest from director Jon Favreau is now up to $347.4 million in the U.S.
Capping off the top ten is The Nice Guys. Shane Black’s throwback to 1970s neo-Noir brought in $3.5 million in its third weekend and is currently at $29.1 million domestically.
Outside the top 10: Zootopia grossed $790,000 over the weekend, coming in 14th place. That helped push the animated smash past the $1 billion plateau, becoming the second film of 2016 (both from Disney) to accomplish that feat.
[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, June 6 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo