A rag tag group of weird creatures won the box office this weekend, but maybe not the one you think.
Clearly the Turtles’ redesign and having Michael Bay as producer weren’t enough to keep audiences (most likely those with kids) away from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In fact, Paramount was so happy with the film’s opening weekend performance that they have already begun planning a sequel. However, while the film certainly struck a chord in North America, it was a different story overseas, where the film only grossed $28 million.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the number 2 film this weekend with $41 million. Although the film held much better than recent Marvel productions like Thor: The Dark World and Captain America 2, many expected the strong word of mouth to carry Guardians to a repeat performance at number 1. Alas, Star-Lord and the Guardians were thwarted by the Turtles.
Even so, Guardians of the Galaxy is doing great business, setting single day August records left and right and pulling in $175 million domestic. Not to mention the film is up to $313 million worldwide.
Coming in at number 3 is Into the Storm (read our review) with $18 million. Easily one of the more disappointing releases of the summer, if not the year, Into the Storm couldn’t even muster half as much opening weekend revenue as Twister ($41 million) did back in 1996.
Whether it was the found footage, lack of stars, or an overly show-y marketing campaign, something about Into the Storm clearly didn’t appeal to moviegoers. The film will be lucky to make back its $50 million budget.
That being said, the film should have no problem hitting its $22 million production budget, provided it can retain even a small portion of its audience for the next few weeks. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if The Hundred-Foot Journey held much better than the likes of Guardians and TMNT as the month wears on.
Rounding out the top 5 is Lucy with $9.3 million. The Scarlett Johansson action flick (if you can even call it that) has been the surprising hit of the last month, generating $97 million in box office receipts over the last three weeks.
Coming in at number 6 is Step Up All In with $6.5 million. That’s the worst opening for the series thus far and a surefire sign interest in this dance-crazy franchise has run its course. That being said, Step Up All In did a little better overseas, grossing $37 million.
Hercules comes in at number 7 with $5.7 million. Although the film has made $63 million thus far, it is unlikely to surpass its $100 million production budget when all is said and done. Perhaps now we can put to rest the idea of adapting the demigod’s story for the big screen.
The James Brown biopic Get On Up is the number 8 film with $5 million. The film fell 63% from last weekend and is now only up to $22 million.
In at number 9 is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with $4.4 million, which brings its domestic total to $197 million. Fox’s critically acclaimed blockbuster is inching closer to $200 million domestic and should get there by next week. On the worldwide front, Dawn has hit $503 million.
Rounding out the top 10 is Planes: Fire & Rescue with $2.4 million. Now at $52 million domestic, Disney Animation’s sequel has passed its $50 million production budget.
[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 11th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo