In a very depressed box office, “Transformers: Age Of Extinction” ruled the box office for the second consecutive weekend as it demolished its way to $53.8 million for the weekend, bringing its overall cume to $174 million. The pic easily outdistanced Warners’ “Tammy”, which opened to $32.9 million for the five days. Most articles one reads this morning are pressing the point that this is a disappointment and perhaps it is, based on tracking and expectations, but c’mon, it’s a cheap little movie with Melissa McCarthy that, despite its C+ Cinemascore, should end up eking out a profit. The other openings for the stanza were middling, with “Deliver Us From Evil” (B+ Cinemascore) topping off at $15 million for the five days and “Earth To Echo” at $13.5 million. The good news for Relativity is that there isn’t another family film until the 18th so it has some time, along with an impressive A- Cinemascore, to take advantage of rainy day matinees.
Elsewhere, Dinesh D’Souza’s “America” opened well for Lionsgate, tallying the $4 million that BOI predicted last Monday. That’s less than the opening stanza for “Obama 2016” but still a tidy sum. Also, Weinstein’s “Begin Again”, the music based rom/com with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo pulled in $1.7 million on only 175 screens. Finally, “Snowpiercer” added screens to get to the 250 level, which resulted in $1 million for the three days.
It’s difficult to even write this but here goes…year to year the weekend was down 44%. Yes 44, not 4.
STUDIO ESTIMATED WEEKEND TOP 10 (3 DAY #’S)
1. TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION—PARAMOUNT—$36.4 MILLION–-$174 MILLION CUME
2. TAMMY—WARNERS—$32.9 MILLION (5)—$21.2 MILLION ($32.9 MILLION 5 DAYS)
3. DELIVER US FROM EVIL—SONY/SCREEN GEMS—$9.5 MILLION ($15.0 MILLION 5 DAYS)
4. 22 JUMP STREET—SONY—$9.4 MILLION—$158 MILLION CUME
5. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2—FOX/DK—$8.7 MILLION—$140 MILLION CUME
6. EARTH TO ECHO—RELATIVITY—$8.2 MILLION ($13.5 MILLION FIVE DAYS)
7. MALEFICENT—BUENA VISTA—$6.1 MILLION–-$213 MILLION CUME
8. JERSEY BOYS—WARNERS—$5.1 MILLION–-$36 MILLION CUME
9. THINK LIKE A MAN TOO—SONY/SCREEN GEMS—$4.9 MILLION—$57 MILLION CUME
10. EDGE OF TOMORROW—WARNERS—$3.6 MILLION—$91 MILLION CUME