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Weekend B.O. Aug. 8-10 (Michael Bay’s Hypnosis At Work)

Weekend B.O. Aug. 8-10 (Michael Bay's Hypnosis At Work)

O.K. maybe I’ve
got this wrong. I thought everyone hated Michael Bay. That’s all I ever hear.
And yet his films have made countless billions of dollars despite everyone
saying how much they hate his guts and that he’s the worst thing that ever happened
to cinema.

No wonder every time you see a picture of him, he’s always got this
smug smirk that you just want to smack off his face. Despite what you say, he still has some mysterious pull on you and still you go see his movies. What is
it? Hypnosis perhaps? Some secret subliminal message in all his movies?

So, it was
inevitable that, when it was announced that he would be producing a new version
of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” there was a predictable outrage; for man apparently, he
was the absolutely worst person on the planet to produce a new version of TMNT.

Even worse,
he hired as director, Johnathan Liebesman, the auteur of non-classics such as “Darkness Falls,” “Battle: Los Angeles” and “Wrath of the Titans,” who one critic
said of him, that he was the director you’re forced to hire to make your film when
absolutely everyone else turns you down. People were expecting the worst, and from the
reviews so far they got it.

And despite really horrible reviews, and the fact that the film was held until the
very last minute for advance media screenings – always a sign of trouble – the
film grossed $65 million this weekend, beating out last week’s No.1 film “The Guardians
of the Galaxy.”

Not really
surprised, because I figured that TMNT would attract a huge crowd of
kids, nerds and nostalgia buffs and, of course, there’s that Michael Bay
hypnosis at work. But the bad word of mouth will certainly guarantee a huge
drop off the following week of some 60%, or perhaps even more, as with several
other films this summer.

But it may
not matter, since Paramount announced this morning that they’re going ahead full steam
with a TMNT sequel for 2016, with Michael Bay returning as producer. So you’ll
have another chance to say you hate him before going to see his movie.

As I
previously stated, “Guardians” came in second place with $41 million, with a 56%
drop in the box office, but the film has made nearly $176 million to date domestically.

Luc Besson’s “Lucy” also continues to be a late summer b.o. sleeper hit, coming in 5th
place, with $9.3 million, and just under $100 million to date.

The other
three major releases this Friday – “Into the Storm,” and “The Hundred Foot Journey,” which
was executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, and “Step Up 5,” made
$18 million, $11.2 million and $6.6 million respectively.

However the
James Brown bio-pic, “Get On Up,” is evidently not appealing to audiences, taking a
huge 63% drop from last week, earning only $5 million this weekend.

1)Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Par. $65,000,000 –
2 Guardians of the Galaxy BV $41,531,000 Total: $175,922,000
3) Into The Storm WB $18,015,000 
4) The Hundred-Foot Journey BV $11,123,000 
5) Lucy Uni. $9,331,000 -Total: $97,354,000 $40 3
6) Step Up All In LG/S $6,575,000 –
7) Hercules Par. $5,700,000 Total: $63,461,000 $100
8) Get On Up Uni. $5,012,000 Total: $22,927,000 –
9) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox $4,400,000  Total: $197,834,000
10) Planes: Fire & Rescue BV $2,419,000  Total: $52,950,000  
11)The Purge: Anarchy Uni. $2,299,000 Total: $68,547,000  
12) Boyhood IFC $2,089,000 Total: $10,652,000

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