UPDATED SUNDAY WEEKEND ESTIMATES
To paraphrase King Sweyn I of England, who ruled that country for 39 days, well it was nice while it lasted. Hollywood’s return to summer glory days of the past three weeks came to a clunking halt this weekend as none of the three new openers could unseat returnees “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Guardians of the Galaxy”, although the weekend was up marginally from last year,
The top 2 played out exactly as predicted in this blog on Thursday with the Turtles holding on to the top spot as their three day booty will come in at $28.4 million for an overall cume of $117 million. “Guardians of the Galaxy” held in well, grabbing an additional $24.7 million, propelling its overall take to $222 million.
Ok we’ve put this off long enough so let’s get to the new openers. Whether it was piracy, or the PG-13 instead of an R rating or general franchise malaise, Stallone and crew’s “Expendables 3” debuted to a soft $16.2 million. After seeing the movie over the weekend I can vouch that the “fun” factor is still there for fans of the franchise but perhaps the fact that a good 30 minutes of the movie is spent on assembling the younger members of The Expendables, pushing the Geezers With Guns to the background for a good part of the film, might have hurt. The lone bright spot on the film is its A- Cinemascore.
Speaking of “Let’s Be Cops”, the film hopped aboard the box office roller coaster on Wednesday, debuting well, tailing off during the Friday matinees, then making a “Glory”-like charge up the box office hill during late nights and nailing “Expendables 3” for the third spot. The film added $17.7 million to its cume which now stands at $26.1 million for the five days.
Weinstein probably had higher hopes for “The Giver” after an opening weekend of $12.8 million and a lukewarm Cinemascore of B+, thereby proving that Brenton Thwaites is no Shailene Woodley and most tweens are a little light on the filmography of Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. Usually these types of young adult films score in the A range so that B+ is concerning.
On the indie front, “Boyhood” continues its valiant try to crack the top 10 as the film grossed $1.7 million in its 771 theatres. Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight” is proving something less than magical with only $1.4 million on its main expansion.
The big winner of the weekend is Michael Winterbottom’s “The Trip To Italy”. The Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon gastronomic feast tallied a delicious $71,500 from 3 theatres and that’s a per screen average of almost $24,000, one of the year’s best PSA’s. The film expands Labor Day weekend.
WEEKEND TOP 10
1) TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES—PARAMOUNT—$28.4 MILLION—57% DROP—$117 MILLION CUME
2) GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY—BV/MARVEL—$24.7 MILLION—42% DROP—$222 MILLION CUME
3) LET’S BE COPS—FOX—$16.8 MILLION—$17.7 MILLION—$26.1 MILLION 5 DAY—B CINEMASCORE
4) THE EXPENDABLES 2—LIONSGATE—$16.2 MILLION—A- CINEMASCORE
5) THE GIVER—WEINSTEIN—$12.8 MILLION—B+ CINEMASCORE
6) INTO THE STORM—WARNER BROTHERS—$7.7 MILLION—55% DROP—$31 MILLION CUME
7) THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY—BV—$7.0 MILLION—35% DROP—$23 MILLION CUME
8) LUCY—UNIVERSAL—$5.3 MILLION—45% DROP—$107 MILLION CUME
9) STEP UP: ALL IN—LIONSGATE—$2.7 MILLION—58% DROP—$11 MILLION CUME
10) HERCULES—PARAMOUNT—$2.1 MILLION—63% DROP—$68 MILLION CUME