Box Office by the Numbers: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Stays on Top
$28.4 million: The American total for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, giving the reboot the no. 1 slot for the second straight weekend. That’s a 57 percent dip from the $65 million opener, but the overall box office is still up 6 percent from the same time period last year, and August “remains on track to be the biggest ever at the domestic box office with around $1 billion,” Box Office Mojo writes. Internationally, the Turtles have $185.1 million in their pockets. I wonder what Will Arnett’s payday looked like. I also wonder what Megan Fox’s payday looked like compared to her Transformers paydays.
$24.7 million: Guardians of the Galaxy’s third-weekend domestic take. The film stayed in the no. 2 spot and managed to pass the $400 million mark worldwide. Guardians has now usurped Thor: The Dark World’s American total and will soon blast beyond Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well.
3: New movies that landed inside the top five this weekend.
$17.7 million: Opening-weekend earnings for the spectacularly untimely Let’s Be Cops, starring New Girl’s Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. It’s not a huge opener, but (a) it earned back its budget, and (b) it opened higher than Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s Blended ($14.3 million), Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz’s Sex Tape ($14.6 million), and Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West ($16.8 million). Maybe it was a case of mid-August Superbad nostalgia?
$16.2 million: Domestic opener for The Expendables 3. That’s the lowest-opening Expendables by a long shot — the 2010 original made $34.8 million on its first weekend, while the 2012 sequel opened to $28.6 million. Each movie opened at this exact point in the summer. The Expendables 3 hasn’t premiered abroad yet, though, and each of the first two films made considerably more overseas than at home.
$12.8 million: American total for the 21-years-late adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. That’s the sixth-best opening for director Phillip Noyce (Salt, Clear and Present Danger). Box Office Mojo writes that The Giver “essentially wound up in the same realm as recent young-adult flops The Host, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Beautiful Creatures.”
1: Articles about going to the dump with Lois Lowry the world received thanks to The Giver: The Movie.
$2.7 million: Tiny second-weekend American total for Step Up All In, which has been playing abroad since early July and has an international total of $49.6 million.
$2.15 million: Weekend total for Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which, six weeks into its release, added 265 theaters, moving up to 771 locations. Including international receipts, Boyhood has now earned $22.7 million.
2: Dumb and Dumber To parody posters Lucy is now popular enough to have inspired. The Luc Besson/Scarlett Johansson film passed $100 million in America this weekend and has $168.5 million including the foreign box office.
4: Days until Sin City: A Dame to Kill For can have a strong debut nine long years after Robert Rodriguez’s original film.
TOP 10 [via Box Office Mojo]
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: $28.4 million ($117.6 million U.S. cumulative; week 2; previous ranking: no. 1)
2. Guardians of the Galaxy: $24.7 million ($222.3 million U.S. cumulative; week 3; previous ranking: no. 2)
3. Let’s Be Cops: $17.7 million (opening weekend)
4. The Expendables 3: $16.2 million (opening weekend)
5. The Giver: $12.8 million (opening weekend)
6. Into the Storm: $7.7 million ($31.3 million U.S. cumulative; week 2; previous ranking: no. 3)
7. The Hundred-Foot Journey: $7.1 million ($23.6 million U.S. cumulative; week 2; previous ranking: no. 4)
8. Lucy: $5.3 million ($107.5 million U.S. cumulative; week 4; previous ranking: no. 5)
9. Step Up All In: $2.7 million ($11.8 million U.S. cumulative; week 2; previous ranking: no. 6)
10. Boyhood: $2.15 million ($13.8 million U.S. cumulative; week 6; previous ranking: no. 13)