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Weekend Box Office Report: August 15-17, 2014

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Turtles still on top!

The quartet of half-shell heroes hung on to the #1 spot at the box office this weekend, as TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES were the winners with an estimated $28.4 million!

The Michael Bay production of the popular pizza-loving comic crimefighters dropped around 56% from its opening last week, but is up to a 10-day domestic total of $117.6 million and a worldwide total of $185.1 million.

Hovering in second was Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY with $24.7 million. With a current domestic total of $222.2 million, it's on track to become the summer's biggest hit -- but will the sci-fi adventure also fly higher than Marvel's CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER's $259.7 million domestic finish earlier this year? Seems likely.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY has already soared past the domestic totals of Marvel's CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER and both THOR movies, and is now at a worldwide total of $418.7 million (and has yet to open in China, where TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION managed to make over $300 million).

All of the newcomers followed the comic book heroes, with the R-rated comedy LET'S BE COPS performing best with a $17.7 million weekend and $26.1 million since its Wednesday opening. The Jake Johnson/Damon Wayans Jr. big-screen team-up (with a reasonable $17 million cost) proved more enticing than a dozen elderly action legends, although audiences only chuckled enough at the police impersonators for a 'B' CinemaScore, and critics were completely unamused with 11% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sylvester Stallone's new all-star gunfight THE EXPENDABLES 3 landed in fourth place with $16.2 million. The addition of actors like Harrison Ford and Wesley Snipes and the (hypothetically) more palatable PG-13 rating this time apparently weren't enough of a draw, and the movie's online leak three weeks before the theatrical release obviously couldn't help. The crowds that did show up were satisfied enough for an 'A-' CinemaScore, though critics shot it down with a series-low 35% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Whatever the case, the third entry opened far lower than THE EXPENDABLES ($34.8 million) and THE EXPENDABLES 2 ($28.5 million). The previous two movies earned most of their money overseas, so it remains to be seen if THE EXPENDABLES 3 piracy takes a significant bite out of the international box office.

Opening in fifth was the adaptation of young-adult novel THE GIVER with $12.7 million. The longtime passion project of star Jeff Bridges (in the role he envisioned for his father Lloyd Bridges) also features Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift, but the somber material couldn't compete with explosions and colorful CG characters. Moviegoers gave it a 'B+' CinemaScore, but critics weren't forgiving with a 30% Rotten Tomatoes average.

The tornado flick INTO THE STORM fell from third to sixth with $7.7 million (a 55% loss from its opening), and the restaurant drama THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY wasn't far behind with $7.1 million (only 35% below last week). Scarlett Johansson's LUCY broke through the $100 million barrier this week, and Richard Linklater's lauded BOYHOOD entered the Top 10 as it continues slowly adding screens.

Outside the chart, HERCULES departed with the James Brown biopic GET ON UP and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (now over $200 million domestic), and in limited release, the Steve Coogan/Rob Brydon journey THE TRIP TO ITALY had a $23k per-screen average, while the Aubrey Plaza zomcom LIFE AFTER BETH saw an early grave with just $9k per-screen.

Next weekend has director Robert Rodriguez bringing us back to Frank Miller's grimy black-and-white town in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, Chloe Moretz ponders what happens IF I STAY, and football happens WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL.

What is your favorite Jeff Bridges role? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $28.4 M $117.6 M
2. Guardians of the Galaxy $24.7 M $222.2 M
3. Let's Be Cops $17.7 M $26.1 M
4. The Expendables 3 $16.2 M
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5. The Giver $12.7 M
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6. Into the Storm $7.7 M $31.3 M
7. The Hundred-Foot Journey $7.1 M $23.6 M
8. Lucy $5.3 M $107.5 M
9. Step Up All In $2.7 M $11.8 M
10. Boyhood $2.1 M $13.8 M

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11:12PM on 08/17/2014

Aw crap, more Michael Bay stupidity

Why do people keep giving this bozo money???
Why do people keep giving this bozo money???
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1:45AM on 08/18/2014
Cuz he makes entertaining movies
Cuz he makes entertaining movies
12:52PM on 08/18/2014
Entertaining doesn't have to be stupid. Unfortunately Michael Bay doesn't know how to divorce the two.
Entertaining doesn't have to be stupid. Unfortunately Michael Bay doesn't know how to divorce the two.
7:46PM on 08/18/2014
Apparently people still haven't figured out that Bay is the Producer and not the Director. If you hate tmnt, throw some of that blame at Liebesman.
Apparently people still haven't figured out that Bay is the Producer and not the Director. If you hate tmnt, throw some of that blame at Liebesman.
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9:46PM on 08/17/2014
I never thought the Expendables was a throw back franchise at all, they just populated the movies with throw back names only. They COULD have made an actually throw back franchise, but were simply more concerned with cramming so many names on a poster, you can't tell a story at all. Anyone who grew up with Lethal Weapon, early Schwarzenegger and the original Die Hard films knows this. And it's not even like Stallone had that many early classics aside from the Rocky movies and a few others
I never thought the Expendables was a throw back franchise at all, they just populated the movies with throw back names only. They COULD have made an actually throw back franchise, but were simply more concerned with cramming so many names on a poster, you can't tell a story at all. Anyone who grew up with Lethal Weapon, early Schwarzenegger and the original Die Hard films knows this. And it's not even like Stallone had that many early classics aside from the Rocky movies and a few others (though I love me some Demolition Man). Uh, Stop or my mom will shoot?
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12:58AM on 08/18/2014
Hit the nail on the head sir. Are they even going to make enough money to pay all the actors in this one? Somebody better make sure Wesley Snipes gets paid before he resorts to cheating on his taxes again!
Hit the nail on the head sir. Are they even going to make enough money to pay all the actors in this one? Somebody better make sure Wesley Snipes gets paid before he resorts to cheating on his taxes again!
9:10PM on 08/17/2014
Guardians will be the most successful movie of the year.
Guardians will be the most successful movie of the year.
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9:18PM on 08/17/2014
While I would very much love that to be the case, I think The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 might claim that spot.
While I would very much love that to be the case, I think The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 might claim that spot.
9:23PM on 08/17/2014
I think you're both forgetting Interstellar
I think you're both forgetting Interstellar
9:35PM on 08/17/2014
As bad as I want to see Interstellar, Hunger Games will be on top I'm sure, though internationally, sadly Transformer could take it....
As bad as I want to see Interstellar, Hunger Games will be on top I'm sure, though internationally, sadly Transformer could take it....
10:41PM on 08/17/2014
Interstellar might fly for you Nolan fan boys, but I dont think its catching on with casual audiences.
Interstellar might fly for you Nolan fan boys, but I dont think its catching on with casual audiences.
8:51PM on 08/17/2014
Expendables 3 was a let-down. The inclusion of the Young Expendables was probably a bid to increase the appeal of the film among younger moviegoers, but that was a wrongheaded strategy.
Expendables 3 was a let-down. The inclusion of the Young Expendables was probably a bid to increase the appeal of the film among younger moviegoers, but that was a wrongheaded strategy.
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7:21PM on 08/17/2014

About Expendables

The reality is that today's audiences consider action movies/blockbusters to be those films with endless CGI including armies of aliens, superheroes, and/or robots. And while I like those movies when done well (like Guardians of the Galaxy, I refuse to pay to see TMNT), after a while they do all start to over-populate the cinemas. I like that Sly and Co. are still making some old-school style action films for those fans who still like them. Sure, Expendables 3 had some flaws, but I enjoyed it
The reality is that today's audiences consider action movies/blockbusters to be those films with endless CGI including armies of aliens, superheroes, and/or robots. And while I like those movies when done well (like Guardians of the Galaxy, I refuse to pay to see TMNT), after a while they do all start to over-populate the cinemas. I like that Sly and Co. are still making some old-school style action films for those fans who still like them. Sure, Expendables 3 had some flaws, but I enjoyed it and consider it money well spent. I see these types of actions movies following in the footsteps of the western, they'll never have the popularity they once had, but hopefully we get a few good ones each year just for the sake of variety.
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7:03PM on 08/17/2014
I think that even without the leak EX3 was going to fall short of EX1 & EX2 numbers. Franchise fatigue is probably the main reason, but also... if you make a PG-13 version to get teenagers atention, why releasing the frigg... movie just a few days after two big movies destined for the same audience! I suppose without the leak the number could have been a little bigger, like a 20-22 million opening, but just that, and clearly in a 3rd position this weekend. I liked EX3, I think action was good,
I think that even without the leak EX3 was going to fall short of EX1 & EX2 numbers. Franchise fatigue is probably the main reason, but also... if you make a PG-13 version to get teenagers atention, why releasing the frigg... movie just a few days after two big movies destined for the same audience! I suppose without the leak the number could have been a little bigger, like a 20-22 million opening, but just that, and clearly in a 3rd position this weekend. I liked EX3, I think action was good, and the director did a better job showing the set pieces. Still, and even when I had no problem with the young team, the movie fails (again) in terms of giving more time to some actors. The film's running time is a good thing, first EX movie that didn't feel rushed, but I need more Mel, the end fight was short but ok, but we need more of him during the movie. Also (even PG-13) Statham and Snipes are wasted without some good hand to hand combats. Way too much Sly in this one, wich is not a bad thing, but c'on... there are a lot of stars in the movie, give'em something to do! I liked Ford and Banderas in the movie, and at least Arnold (without too much action) appears more in this one. 7/10
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7:55PM on 08/17/2014
I 100% in agreement with your opinion on the film and it's release
I 100% in agreement with your opinion on the film and it's release
9:16PM on 08/17/2014
And you read my whole comment! lol thank man!
And you read my whole comment! lol thank man!
6:31PM on 08/17/2014
Yep it was a slower weekend at the theaters as the summer starts cooling down (including the temperatures). I didn't expect the boys would win this weekend, it bums me out but I'm not one to start telling Stallone to stop making these projects either, I like what him and these other guys are trying to do, I'd feel shitty if somebody told me to stop living my life the way in which I live it, though the MPAA is a joke on this one, then again it always has been. Maybe these movies will resurface
Yep it was a slower weekend at the theaters as the summer starts cooling down (including the temperatures). I didn't expect the boys would win this weekend, it bums me out but I'm not one to start telling Stallone to stop making these projects either, I like what him and these other guys are trying to do, I'd feel shitty if somebody told me to stop living my life the way in which I live it, though the MPAA is a joke on this one, then again it always has been. Maybe these movies will resurface one day somehow.
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6:26PM on 08/17/2014
Just saw GOTG and loved it. By far the superior to Winter Soldier! Saw TMNT during the week, and thought it was ok. Needed way more Turtles and much less Fox.
Just saw GOTG and loved it. By far the superior to Winter Soldier! Saw TMNT during the week, and thought it was ok. Needed way more Turtles and much less Fox.
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4:56PM on 08/17/2014

Let Expendables die already

Stop with the leak... it had very little to do with it. Other Stallone and Schwarzenegger films haven't been doing good and they weren't leaked. Also this movie had bad buzz, it came after a pretty bad movie in Expendables 2 and this one looked even worse. I didn't download the film, but I probably won't go to the cinema. Sorry, but I'm not going to "support" crap that was supposed to make me feel nostalgic and yet has no elements of why I likedthose movies in the past... and no, I'm not
Stop with the leak... it had very little to do with it. Other Stallone and Schwarzenegger films haven't been doing good and they weren't leaked. Also this movie had bad buzz, it came after a pretty bad movie in Expendables 2 and this one looked even worse. I didn't download the film, but I probably won't go to the cinema. Sorry, but I'm not going to "support" crap that was supposed to make me feel nostalgic and yet has no elements of why I likedthose movies in the past... and no, I'm not talking about PG-13, I'm talking about how lame and tame the other two movies (especially the second) were even with an R rating. CG blood, rehashed one-liners and not enough screen time for the people that really mattered.
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4:54PM on 08/17/2014
Can't wait for the Expendables Juniors spin off!
Can't wait for the Expendables Juniors spin off!
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4:00PM on 08/17/2014
Thanks to people not supporting The Expendables III in theaters its low numbers will likely make it hard for a fourth to be made. Welcome to a "me, me, me" world of self entitled cunts who download movies instead of supporting them and then wonder why no more are made (especially when it comes to R rated action movies). The future of movies looks very generic.
Thanks to people not supporting The Expendables III in theaters its low numbers will likely make it hard for a fourth to be made. Welcome to a "me, me, me" world of self entitled cunts who download movies instead of supporting them and then wonder why no more are made (especially when it comes to R rated action movies). The future of movies looks very generic.
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4:01PM on 08/17/2014
Welcome to "the"
Welcome to "the"
4:08PM on 08/17/2014
I didn't support Expendables III because II was a piece of shit. Maybe they should have stopped after the first one.
I didn't support Expendables III because II was a piece of shit. Maybe they should have stopped after the first one.
4:23PM on 08/17/2014
If it were a piece of shit I wouldn't have watched it. Period. That's the end of it.
If it were a piece of shit I wouldn't have watched it. Period. That's the end of it.
4:25PM on 08/17/2014
The first two were terrible. That's why it tanked. Plus, you say the future looks generic? Well, seeing as The Expendables is generic as hell, it's absence will make the future of film less generic.
The first two were terrible. That's why it tanked. Plus, you say the future looks generic? Well, seeing as The Expendables is generic as hell, it's absence will make the future of film less generic.
4:35PM on 08/17/2014
Ridiculous. The Expendables III is the very product of the "generic movie future" you tout: watered-down PG-13 action and having a bunch of young nobodies fill in, while Statham, Snipes, Crews, and co. sit out for the majority of the movie.
Ridiculous. The Expendables III is the very product of the "generic movie future" you tout: watered-down PG-13 action and having a bunch of young nobodies fill in, while Statham, Snipes, Crews, and co. sit out for the majority of the movie.
4:49PM on 08/17/2014
Expendables 3 was just ok. I don't think the film leaking did as much damage as you think. I'm pretty sure people are allowed to go see what they want too. They don't need to be yelled at to go see movies you want to see sequels to.
Expendables 3 was just ok. I don't think the film leaking did as much damage as you think. I'm pretty sure people are allowed to go see what they want too. They don't need to be yelled at to go see movies you want to see sequels to.
4:51PM on 08/17/2014
Unfortunately, people don't support movies they don't like and the Expendables franchise has been on the decline. As for R rated movies, which Expendables 3 was rated PG-13, people support any good movie no matter the rating.
Unfortunately, people don't support movies they don't like and the Expendables franchise has been on the decline. As for R rated movies, which Expendables 3 was rated PG-13, people support any good movie no matter the rating.
6:06PM on 08/17/2014
LOL this is hilarious. Yet you naysayers will rush out to see the Fast and the Furious installments. Most of you didn't even grow up watching the classic action films so the entire point goes over your heads. You don't know how to have fun. I guess you're content with Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ryan Gosling, etc posing as action stars. Oh and I was t yelling at anybody--I'm saying these kinds of films as well as other hard R rated action films have tanked due to lack of support but then the same
LOL this is hilarious. Yet you naysayers will rush out to see the Fast and the Furious installments. Most of you didn't even grow up watching the classic action films so the entire point goes over your heads. You don't know how to have fun. I guess you're content with Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ryan Gosling, etc posing as action stars. Oh and I was t yelling at anybody--I'm saying these kinds of films as well as other hard R rated action films have tanked due to lack of support but then the same people bitch about the lack of these kinds of films. The Expendables III's PG-13 rating is a direct result of the financial failures of Bullet to the Head, The Last Stand, Parker, Dredd, Sabotage, etc.
6:34PM on 08/17/2014
All those films you just listed, except for Dredd, are terrible movies. That is why they did poorly. Not the rating.
All those films you just listed, except for Dredd, are terrible movies. That is why they did poorly. Not the rating.
7:06PM on 08/17/2014
There must be a lot of pirates on this site because you're getting a lot of downvotes.
There must be a lot of pirates on this site because you're getting a lot of downvotes.
8:32PM on 08/17/2014
Wow. The last 2-3 Fast Furious movies have been incredible movies for movies that require suspension of disbelief. Yeah, they are silly, but the last 2-3 (I think 2) were expertly crafted. That's not so with either of the first two Exp movies, not even as homages to the stars other films. I didn't go see E3 bc of the rating. I didn't DL it. I didn't go see it bc the first two films are bad, bad. Not even fun bad. And I had a great time with that first trailer for this movie, I just
Wow. The last 2-3 Fast Furious movies have been incredible movies for movies that require suspension of disbelief. Yeah, they are silly, but the last 2-3 (I think 2) were expertly crafted. That's not so with either of the first two Exp movies, not even as homages to the stars other films. I didn't go see E3 bc of the rating. I didn't DL it. I didn't go see it bc the first two films are bad, bad. Not even fun bad. And I had a great time with that first trailer for this movie, I just figured it'd never get better than that.
8:35PM on 08/17/2014
But again that fast 5 and 6, they came out of nowhere. I didn't care for the franchise except for enjoying the first. But 5 and 6 expertly up the action, thrills, stakes, comedy. And they do it with "actors" like Tyrese and Luda. This should be easy for the great casts of Ex movies
But again that fast 5 and 6, they came out of nowhere. I didn't care for the franchise except for enjoying the first. But 5 and 6 expertly up the action, thrills, stakes, comedy. And they do it with "actors" like Tyrese and Luda. This should be easy for the great casts of Ex movies
8:35PM on 08/17/2014
But again that fast 5 and 6, they came out of nowhere. I didn't care for the franchise except for enjoying the first. But 5 and 6 expertly up the action, thrills, stakes, comedy. And they do it with "actors" like Tyrese and Luda. This should be easy for the great casts of Ex movies
But again that fast 5 and 6, they came out of nowhere. I didn't care for the franchise except for enjoying the first. But 5 and 6 expertly up the action, thrills, stakes, comedy. And they do it with "actors" like Tyrese and Luda. This should be easy for the great casts of Ex movies
10:45PM on 08/17/2014
Vienna don't you have a bridge to guard?
Vienna don't you have a bridge to guard?
2:49PM on 08/17/2014
Meh, can't be too upset about Expendables 3. So much for watering it down and making it appeal to the teenagers.
Meh, can't be too upset about Expendables 3. So much for watering it down and making it appeal to the teenagers.
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2:49PM on 08/17/2014

Ninja Kick that Raccoon!

The ninja turtles went up against a team of mercenaries and won? Wouldn't mind watching that movie.
The ninja turtles went up against a team of mercenaries and won? Wouldn't mind watching that movie.
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2:28PM on 08/17/2014
I just love tact that Guardians of the Galaxy is still kicking ass and being one Marvel's best films to date. I'm also excited to see it do better then Amazing Spider Man 2; critically and financially.
I just love tact that Guardians of the Galaxy is still kicking ass and being one Marvel's best films to date. I'm also excited to see it do better then Amazing Spider Man 2; critically and financially.
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