Weekend Box Office: “Ninja Turtles” Shell-Shocks Stallone

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“Ninja Turtles” Reboot Holds Off All Newcomers

by Matt Marshall

Turtle power continues as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles leads the box office for a second straight weekend. The Paramount/Nickelodeon reboot pulled in $28.4 million over the weekend.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy maintained its second place spot for a second week. In its third frame, Guardians grossed $24.7 million, bringing its 17-day total to over $222 million. Damon Wayans’ comedy Let’s Be Cops claimed third place. The film opened to $17.7 million. The film currently stands at $26.1 million after opening this past Wednesday.

Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables 3 opened to a franchise-low $16.2 million in fourth place. That’s about half of what the first film opened to in 2010. Dystopian adapation, The Giver, starring Jeff Bridges opened in fifth to $12.8 million.

Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.

#1 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1)
$28.4 million / $117.6 million total

Despite negative reviews, Paramount and Nickelodeon have a lucrative franchise on their hands. For the second straight weekend, Ninja Turtles topped the box office edging out Guardians. A third weekend on top is in question with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For due out this Friday. Then again, Guardians of the Galaxy could flip flop next weekend as well. Regardless, Turtles is on track for a unadjusted franchise record by Sunday. The first film grossed $135 million in 1990.

#2 – Guardians of the Galaxy (2)
$24.7 million / $222.3 million total

Like Ninja Turtles, Guardians of the Galaxy held off all this weekend’s newcomers. The critically acclaimed Marvel film continues to perform better than any other film of 2014. Guardians should have no problem claiming the top domestic spot from Captain America:  The Winter Solider ($259 million) by Labor Day. Minimal competition in the coming weeks will keep Guardians afloat in the box office charts.

#3 – Let’s Be Cops (NR)
$17.7 million / $26.1 million total

Let’s Be Cops debuted in first place on its Wednesday opening day. With a bit of mid-week box office burnout, the Damon Wayans comedy settled for third. Cops pulled in the best opening of this weekend’s newcomers. But up against Ninja Turtles and Guardians, it just wasn’t enough. Negative reviews won’t help the film’s legs. But with no other competition, Cops could hang around for a few more weeks.

#4 – The Expendables 3 (NR)
$16.2 million / $16.2 million total

Back in 2010, The Expendables was a modest late summer hit, opening to nearly $35 million. Fast forward four years later and the second sequel opened to less than half of that debut. Even The Expendables 2 in 2012 opened in a similar frame to $29 million. This doesn’t bode well for future installments. Finishing around $50 million is probable.

#5 –The Giver (NR)
$12.8 million / $12.8 million total

The Giver rounds out the box office charts this weekend with nearly $13 million. With other dystopian young adult novels like Divergent breaking out recently, The Giver may have been overshadowed. The film has been criticized for deviated from the source material. That hasn’t won over both critics and readers of the book.

Opening Next Week: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, If I Stay, When the Game Stands Tall

Source: Box Office Mojo

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