Turtle Power continued to rule the box office over this lackluster movie-going weekend, as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Paramount) maintained its hold in the #1 spot for the second weekend in a row with a take of $28.4 million domestically. Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel/Disney) was in second place with earnings of $24.7 million, while Let’s Be Cops (20th Century Fox) opened in the #3 spot, taking in $17.7 million. It has earned $26.1 million domestically since it debuted this past Wednesday, August 13, 2014.
The surprise of the weekend was perhaps that The Expendables 3 (Lionsgate), despite being action-packed and having a star-studded cast, proved to be fairly expendable, earning just $16.2 million. Even the stars of the Rocky franchise (Sylvester Stallone), the Terminator franchise (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Zorro, himself (Antonio Banderas), could not rescue this movie from opening in the #4 spot at the box office over the weekend.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles managed to stay at the number one spot, though the movie’s domestic earnings dropped 56.7 percent from it debut weekend. The Michael Bay produced flick, starring Megan Fox in the role of reporter Whoopi Goldberg, April O’Neil and Will Arnett as her cameraman, took in $25.6 million internationally. So far, the international take for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an estimated $67.5 million and its overall earnings is $185 million. It has not yet opened in the U.K., Korea, Japan and Spain.
Guardians of the Galaxy was 41.3 percent lower this weekend compared to last weekend. Its overall take is still pretty impressive, as it has now gone over the $200 million mark, earning $222 million. That is without their being many major stars in its cast, other than Vin Diesel as Groot and Bradley Cooper voicing the character of Rocket Raccoon.
The comedy Let’s Be Cops nudged out The Expendables 3 to take the third position at the weekend box office. With a domestic take since Wednesday of $26.1 million, the movie has already made back the $17 million it reportedly took to produce it. Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson star in this take on the “buddy cop” flick, where they pretend to be cops after going to a a masquerade party and being mistaken as being actual policemen. Comedian Rob Riggle also stars in this hilarious movie.
While The Expendables 3 got a respectable Cinema Score of an A-, it earned a franchise low in its debut weekend. Audiences, for the most part, stayed away from this action flick, perhaps, in part, because of a leak that led to practically 2.2 million downloads just weeks before it was scheduled to hit theaters. Internationally, The Expendables 2 took in over $200 million. Backer Millennium Films and Lionsgate hope that The Expendables 3 also does well internationally to help make up for the poor domestic box office take.
Debuting in the fifth spot at the box office over the weekend was The Giver (The Weinstein Company), earning just $12.76 domestically from 3,003 movie screens. The cost to produce this adaptation of the Lois Lowry novel was $25 million. The book has sold millions of copies and remains fairly popular. It is require reading in some schools, though it has been banned by others. The cast of the movie includes Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.
While the earnings of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles dropped by over half compared to its debut weekend, it still had enough pizza-fueled Turtle Power to stay in the #1 spot at the box office. Guardians of the Galaxy dropped in its overall earning significantly, also, but it maintained its grip on the #2 spot, with Let’s Be Cops taking over in its debut in the #3 position at the box office. The fourth spot went to The Expendables 3. In fifth place was the Sci-Fi movie, The Giver, which has gotten good early word of mouth reviews, but did not fare very well at the box office its opening weekend. It is possible that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may still hold onto the #1 spot next week, as not many movies will be debuting, other than Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and If I Stay.
Written By Douglas Cobb