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Weekend Box Office Report: August 22-24, 2014

08.24.2014

The Guardians return to #1!

After two weekends in the #2 position, Marvel's space heroes reclaimed the top of the box office as GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY made an estimated $17.6 million!

With a $251.8 million domestic total in its fourth weekend, director James Gunn's vibrant sci-fi adventure is also now officially the biggest movie of the summer, defeating the $243.8 million of Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION.

At this rate, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is also guaranteed to beat Marvel's CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and Chris Pratt's earlier hit THE LEGO MOVIE to become the highest-grossing release of 2014 (so far). GUARDIANS' $489 million global total has also pushed it past Marvel's THOR ($449 million worldwide).

Switching spots for second was TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES with $16.8 million, after the sewer-dwelling crimefighters sat on top for two weeks. The color-coded quartet stayed just ahead of the new young-adult adaptation IF I STAY, opening in third with $16.3 million. The Chloe Moretz coma melodrama (which reportedly cost just $11 million) drew an 'A-' CinemaScore from crowds, but critics left it with a 41% average on Rotten Tomatoes.

Dropping a slot to fourth in its second weekend was LET'S BE COPS with $11 million, down only 38% from its opening. Despite unfavorable reviews, the R-rated Jake Johnson/Damon Wayans Jr. comedy is turning into a minor success with a $45.7 million 12-day total on a reported $17 million budget.

The new biopic WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL opened in fifth with $9 million. The spiritual sports drama, featuring Christ himself Jim Caviezel as a high school football coach, was a touchdown for most moviegoers ('A-' CinemaScore) but fumbled badly for critics (18% on Rotten Tomatoes).

The Jeff Bridges drama THE GIVER dipped to sixth with $6.7 million, a 45% drop from its modest opening weekend. But it was still enough to hold off a small army of elder action actors, as THE EXPENDABLES 3 sagged in seventh with $6.6 million (a 58% plunge). With just $27.5 million so far, it's looking like it might be time for the franchise to get lowered into the grave.

The monochromatic sequel SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR opened way down in eighth with a flat $6.4 million -- a fraction of the first SIN CITY's $29.1 million opening nine years ago. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's comic book noir rounded up much of the first movie's cast and tossed in some new players, but couldn't generate any real excitement from crowds or critics, who shrugged at the stylish crime flick with a 'B-' CinemaScore and a 43% average on Rotten Tomatoes.

THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY and INTO THE STORM closed out the list, while LUCY and STEP UP ALL IN fell off the chart. Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is still going strong on a few hundred screens, while the new Alfred Molina/John Lithgow drama LOVE IS STRANGE scored a solid $25k per-screen average in limited release.

Next weekend brings the Pierce Brosnan hitman actioner THE NOVEMBER MAN (on Wednesday) and the catacombs thriller AS ABOVE/SO BELOW, and the comedy LIFE OF CRIME opens in limited release.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Guardians of the Galaxy $17.6 M $251.8 M
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $16.8 M $145.6 M
3. If I Stay $16.3 M
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4. Let's Be Cops $11 M $45.2 M
5. When the Game Stands Tall $9 M
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6. The Giver $6.7 M $24.1 M
7. The Expendables 3 $6.6 M $27.5 M
8. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For $6.4 M
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9. The Hundred-Foot Journey $5.5 M $32.7 M
10. Into the Storm $3.8 M $38.3 M

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4:15PM on 08/25/2014
Define irony: Mickey Rouke bashes Marvel Studios. Marvel beats out TMNT, and Sin City 2 bombs.
Define irony: Mickey Rouke bashes Marvel Studios. Marvel beats out TMNT, and Sin City 2 bombs.
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9:40AM on 08/25/2014
Nice. And I FINALLY saw Guardians Friday afternoon. Loved it!
Nice. And I FINALLY saw Guardians Friday afternoon. Loved it!
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8:17AM on 08/25/2014
With films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles going strong, Rodriquez never had a chance. I'm really surprised no one has an interest with Sin City anymore. I've heard more good things than bad about the film. Although I think the troubled sequel waited way too long to capitalize on the first one.
With films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles going strong, Rodriquez never had a chance. I'm really surprised no one has an interest with Sin City anymore. I've heard more good things than bad about the film. Although I think the troubled sequel waited way too long to capitalize on the first one.
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7:00AM on 08/25/2014

As far as Sin City goes...

I think too much time has passed since the first movie. To turn that into a successful franchise Rodriguez really needed to strike while the iron was hot. People wanted a sequel in 2007/2008Ö 2009 at the latest. By 2014, no one cared anymore. Rodriguez and Miller waited too long, and the world lost interest.
I think too much time has passed since the first movie. To turn that into a successful franchise Rodriguez really needed to strike while the iron was hot. People wanted a sequel in 2007/2008Ö 2009 at the latest. By 2014, no one cared anymore. Rodriguez and Miller waited too long, and the world lost interest.
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12:44AM on 08/25/2014
The sequel to Robert Rodriguez's most overrated film flopped? Perhaps there is justice in this world after all.
The sequel to Robert Rodriguez's most overrated film flopped? Perhaps there is justice in this world after all.
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12:20AM on 08/25/2014
Yikes. Honestly, I did not anticipate much financial success for "Sin City 2," but even I'm taken aback. There are a lot of things to point the finger at: The nine year gap between films was obviously not smart (that "300" sequel had a similar problem earlier this year), and on top of that, late August is honestly a dumb slot for such a film. And while back in 2005 the strange, ugly poetry of the film's visual design was startling in a way that made the advertising singularly appealing, now
Yikes. Honestly, I did not anticipate much financial success for "Sin City 2," but even I'm taken aback. There are a lot of things to point the finger at: The nine year gap between films was obviously not smart (that "300" sequel had a similar problem earlier this year), and on top of that, late August is honestly a dumb slot for such a film. And while back in 2005 the strange, ugly poetry of the film's visual design was startling in a way that made the advertising singularly appealing, now it's almost old hat, with much more daring visuals commonplace in other films. Tough break.
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7:04AM on 08/25/2014
I agree that the 9 year gap was a big factor in Sin City 2's box office failure, but the 300 sequel did not have the same problem, that film actually did pretty well, commercially.
I agree that the 9 year gap was a big factor in Sin City 2's box office failure, but the 300 sequel did not have the same problem, that film actually did pretty well, commercially.
10:24PM on 08/24/2014

Sin City 2

Must've been bad marketing that caused Sin City to perform so poorly. It only beat The Hundred Foot Journey by 1 mill. That's crazy. 8th place? Damn! Sure it's not that grat a movie but it doesn't deserve such crappy opening weekend numbers.
Must've been bad marketing that caused Sin City to perform so poorly. It only beat The Hundred Foot Journey by 1 mill. That's crazy. 8th place? Damn! Sure it's not that grat a movie but it doesn't deserve such crappy opening weekend numbers.
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1:47AM on 08/25/2014
I know right! It's fucking crazy. I actually feel bad for Robert roderiguiz. Idk how Many more flops he can take...
I know right! It's fucking crazy. I actually feel bad for Robert roderiguiz. Idk how Many more flops he can take...
7:08AM on 08/25/2014
I don't know how the marketing can be the problem, since it's been advertised out the ass. I think it's the 9 year gap, plus the fact that the movie's visual style is no longer fresh and groundbreaking the way it was in 2005. People just lost interest and stopped caring about a Sin City sequel.
I don't know how the marketing can be the problem, since it's been advertised out the ass. I think it's the 9 year gap, plus the fact that the movie's visual style is no longer fresh and groundbreaking the way it was in 2005. People just lost interest and stopped caring about a Sin City sequel.
10:00PM on 08/24/2014

A small slice of victory in a world gone mad

GotG gets number one after two weeks in second. It knocks TMNT down a peg. Officially beats TF4 for domestic box office earnings... in the same weekend. Too bad it had to even contest with crap in the first place, but I'll take the win!
GotG gets number one after two weeks in second. It knocks TMNT down a peg. Officially beats TF4 for domestic box office earnings... in the same weekend. Too bad it had to even contest with crap in the first place, but I'll take the win!
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9:09PM on 08/24/2014
Glad GotG is back at the top spot. It's irreverent, pop culture-referencing humour and CGI talking animals in an action comedy done right.
Glad GotG is back at the top spot. It's irreverent, pop culture-referencing humour and CGI talking animals in an action comedy done right.
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8:56PM on 08/24/2014
Holy cow, Sin City 2 bombed way harder than I thought. It's a shame, because the first one was great for its time, and I really liked it-it's part of my DVD collection. About 2 or 3 years after the first one, I would've been thrilled for a sequel. But when stuff gets stuck in production hell, the results usually aren't great.
Holy cow, Sin City 2 bombed way harder than I thought. It's a shame, because the first one was great for its time, and I really liked it-it's part of my DVD collection. About 2 or 3 years after the first one, I would've been thrilled for a sequel. But when stuff gets stuck in production hell, the results usually aren't great.
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8:02PM on 08/24/2014

Justice has been served

"Guardians" beating "Transformers" makes me happy. I am not surprised about "Sin City". It is just too late
"Guardians" beating "Transformers" makes me happy. I am not surprised about "Sin City". It is just too late
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7:30PM on 08/24/2014

Music to my eyes.

"defeating the $243.8 million of Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION"
JUSTICE. So happy to see GotG doing so great. If only every studio could make movies as good as Marvel does. As for Sin City 2, eh. As much as I love the guy and what he tries to do, it's been a long LONG time since Robert Rodriguez made an awesome movie.
"defeating the $243.8 million of Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION"
JUSTICE. So happy to see GotG doing so great. If only every studio could make movies as good as Marvel does. As for Sin City 2, eh. As much as I love the guy and what he tries to do, it's been a long LONG time since Robert Rodriguez made an awesome movie.
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7:14PM on 08/24/2014
Sin City opened with 6 million? WOW that is TERRIBLE with that cast
Sin City opened with 6 million? WOW that is TERRIBLE with that cast
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6:34PM on 08/24/2014
Not surprising, look back at last 2 weeks and nothing really opened. Sin City is not a summer release and Expendables 3 was not looking that strong.
GOtG and TMNT have both been spending huge amounts on TV commercials knowing they had no competition coming in.
Not surprising, look back at last 2 weeks and nothing really opened. Sin City is not a summer release and Expendables 3 was not looking that strong.
GOtG and TMNT have both been spending huge amounts on TV commercials knowing they had no competition coming in.
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5:32PM on 08/24/2014
I have no problem admitting I was one of those who A) Didn't like the GotG trailers B) Feared the film wouldn't translate well with mass audiences. Happy on both accounts that I was proven wrong. Although I didn't think GotG was stellar (Winter soldier and Xmen DOFP were better IMO), I absolutely was entertained and curious to see what they do next. Shine on, Marvel. Shine on.
PS - I didn't even know Sin City was released, not surprised it failed to attract viewers.
I have no problem admitting I was one of those who A) Didn't like the GotG trailers B) Feared the film wouldn't translate well with mass audiences. Happy on both accounts that I was proven wrong. Although I didn't think GotG was stellar (Winter soldier and Xmen DOFP were better IMO), I absolutely was entertained and curious to see what they do next. Shine on, Marvel. Shine on.
PS - I didn't even know Sin City was released, not surprised it failed to attract viewers.
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5:03PM on 08/24/2014
I feel bad for RR. But yeah, the nine year wait, coupled with a now-old visual style, summer fatigue and Guardians left Sin City in the dirt.
I feel bad for RR. But yeah, the nine year wait, coupled with a now-old visual style, summer fatigue and Guardians left Sin City in the dirt.
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6:13PM on 08/24/2014
coupled with the fact that the first movie was horrible - sure fanboys liked it but the movie was garbage. Nobody wants to see it again.
coupled with the fact that the first movie was horrible - sure fanboys liked it but the movie was garbage. Nobody wants to see it again.
2:48PM on 08/24/2014
"That's the first thing you said that wasn't batshit crazy!"

So happy to see Guardians back on top.
"That's the first thing you said that wasn't batshit crazy!"

So happy to see Guardians back on top.
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2:31PM on 08/24/2014
Seems like the world has finally realized that Rodriguez is a terrible director who makes really bad movies.

Love how GOTG, a largely unknown property, becomes the biggest movie of the summer. Only Mockingjay will overtake this year. That's proof just how good the movie is. Word of mouth counts.
Seems like the world has finally realized that Rodriguez is a terrible director who makes really bad movies.

Love how GOTG, a largely unknown property, becomes the biggest movie of the summer. Only Mockingjay will overtake this year. That's proof just how good the movie is. Word of mouth counts.
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2:40PM on 08/24/2014
And a big ol' Marvel stamp
And a big ol' Marvel stamp
6:56PM on 08/24/2014
I think the big ol Marvel stamp had more to do with it than the word of mouth. Opening bigger than Winter Soldier is no easy feat.
I think the big ol Marvel stamp had more to do with it than the word of mouth. Opening bigger than Winter Soldier is no easy feat.
2:30PM on 08/24/2014
$145 million for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. My Lord, people. Shame on you.
$145 million for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. My Lord, people. Shame on you.
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2:26PM on 08/24/2014
Thumb me down, but I was not impressed with GotG. It wasn't a bad movie, but it takes more for me to praise a film then name dropping a bunch of others. I understand that a lot of people here feel like film didn't exist before GotG but oh well. I feel bad for Sin City 2, but I guess Rodriguez waiting too long to make it might have done its damage.
Thumb me down, but I was not impressed with GotG. It wasn't a bad movie, but it takes more for me to praise a film then name dropping a bunch of others. I understand that a lot of people here feel like film didn't exist before GotG but oh well. I feel bad for Sin City 2, but I guess Rodriguez waiting too long to make it might have done its damage.
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5:49PM on 08/24/2014
I haven't read anyone suggesting film didn't exist before GOTG. Many people just enjoyed it.
I haven't read anyone suggesting film didn't exist before GOTG. Many people just enjoyed it.
7:15PM on 08/24/2014
And thumb you down we shall!
And thumb you down we shall!
9:44AM on 08/25/2014
I must be slow. Your second sentence makes ZERO sense to me.

And per your request, THUMBS DOWN...
I must be slow. Your second sentence makes ZERO sense to me.

And per your request, THUMBS DOWN...
2:24PM on 08/24/2014
Poor Robert Rodriguez. A classic case of "too little too late".
Poor Robert Rodriguez. A classic case of "too little too late".
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2:17PM on 08/24/2014
About time Robert Rodriguez stopped making movies. I mean, goddamn, even Eva Green's bewbs aren't gonna save this movie
About time Robert Rodriguez stopped making movies. I mean, goddamn, even Eva Green's bewbs aren't gonna save this movie
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2:12PM on 08/24/2014

We are Groot!

The movie deserves every cent! I saw it twice already and can't wait to own it on Blu-ray...Great to see it performing so well.

But I am shocked about Sin City! Didn't see that coming...
The movie deserves every cent! I saw it twice already and can't wait to own it on Blu-ray...Great to see it performing so well.

But I am shocked about Sin City! Didn't see that coming...
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2:10PM on 08/24/2014

Well deserved

I AM GROOT!!!!!
I AM GROOT!!!!!
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2:07PM on 08/24/2014
I am Groot :-)
I am Groot :-)
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2:05PM on 08/24/2014
Very impressive amount for a movie that's still been out less than a month.
Very impressive amount for a movie that's still been out less than a month.
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2:03PM on 08/24/2014
Thrilled for Guardians.
Thrilled for Guardians.
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