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Weekend Box Office Report: July 4-6, 2014

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Transformers are First for the Fourth!

Everyone likes to see fireworks for the Fourth of July holiday, and not many can deliver explosive spectacle like Michael Bay, whose TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION is once again on top of the box office with $36.4 million!

Compared to last year when DESPICABLE ME 2 opened to $83.5 million, moviegoing was a bit slow in general over the Independence Day weekend (with a major storm making things especially soggy on the East Coast). Bay's grand-scale conflict of Autobots and Decepticons dropped 63% from its opening last week, but it was enough to defeat all new challengers as the latest TRANSFORMERS now tops $575 million worldwide after ten days in theaters.

Of the newcomers, the R-rated comedy TAMMY managed to make it to second place with $21.7 million, and a $32.9 million total since its Wednesday opening. Both opening figures are lower than star Melissa McCarthy's IDENTITY THIEF ($34.5 million) and her team-up with Sandra Bullock THE HEAT ($39.1 million) from last year.

THE HEAT went on to become one of last summer's surprise hits ($159 million), but although McCarthy's new road trip movie only cost around $20 million, it's unlikely to collect much word-of-mouth business considering the bashing it took from both critics (26% on Rotten Tomatoes) and paying customers ('C+' CinemaScore).

The new R-rated horror release DELIVER US FROM EVIL opened in third with $9.5 million, and $15 million since it started on Wednesday. The Eric Bana supernatural spooker from director Scott Derrickson (of Marvel's upcoming DOCTOR STRANGE) was exorcised by critics (32% at Rotten Tomatoes) and didn't really thrill audiences either ('B-' CinemaScore).

22 JUMP STREET was close behind with $9.4 million, still rocking after four weeks in theaters as it hits a $158.8 million domestic total to surpass NEIGHBORS' $148 million and become the biggest R-rated release of 2014 (it's up to a $228 million total worldwide).

Families took over the middle of the chart, with HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 in fifth with $8.7 million as it slowly climbs toward a $300 million worldwide total. Opening in sixth was the found-footage alien adventure EARTH TO ECHO with $8.2 million (and $13.5 million since Wednesday), despite the best critical reception of the new releases (51% at Rotten Tomatoes and an 'A-' CinemaScore). And Disney's MALEFICENT enchanted another $6.1 million as it reached $630 million worldwide.

After that, JERSEY BOYS, THINK LIKE A MAN TOO and EDGE OF TOMORROW close out the list. Outside the chart, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST and CHEF exited the Top 10 while the new political documentary AMERICA from conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza (2016: OBAMA'S AMERICA) opened on 1100 screens with $2.7 million, SNOWPIERCER rolled out to 250 screens for just shy of $1 million, and the Mark Ruffalo/Keira Knightley romace BEGIN AGAIN expanded to 175 locations for $1.3 million.

Next weekend only has one new wide release as the simians continue their domination in DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, and the drama BOYHOOD and the comedy A LONG WAY DOWN open in limited release.

Did you check out a movie over the July 4th holiday weekend? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Transformers: Age of Extinction $36.4 M $174.7 M
2. Tammy $21.1 M $32.9 M
3. Deliver Us from Evil $9.5 M $15 M
4. 22 Jump Street $9.4 M $158.8 M
5. How to Train Your Dragon 2 $8.7 M $140 M
6. Earth to Echo $8.2 M $13.5 M
7. Maleficent $6.1 M $213.8 M
8. Jersey Boys $5.1 M $36.7 M
9. Think Like a Man Too $4.9 M $57.1 M
10. Edge of Tomorrow $3.6 M $90.8 M

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12:59PM on 07/07/2014

If Planes 2 gets the sequel bump

that How To Train Your Dragon 2 deserved, I'm gonna be seriously peeved. I just don't get it. Does word of mouth count for nothing this year? How many times does a family audience need to binge on repeat Frozen and Despicable Me 2 viewings before they're ready for the next great animated feature? IMO, Dreamworks shouldve switched the release dates for Mr. Peabody and Sherman (it overperformed in April) and HTTYD2...maybe the latter would've been a bigger hit, since there was a true dearth
that How To Train Your Dragon 2 deserved, I'm gonna be seriously peeved. I just don't get it. Does word of mouth count for nothing this year? How many times does a family audience need to binge on repeat Frozen and Despicable Me 2 viewings before they're ready for the next great animated feature? IMO, Dreamworks shouldve switched the release dates for Mr. Peabody and Sherman (it overperformed in April) and HTTYD2...maybe the latter would've been a bigger hit, since there was a true dearth of good movies at that point, and Sherman would've made more money, too, as an unlikely breakout this summer season. Whatever, man. At least we have PenguinsOf Madagascar to look forward to. It's funny how all the commentators say that HTTYD2 wasn't funny enough...when Dreamworks has been so often criticized for being to "funny". Dreamworks is in real need of a hit, they deserve to have a hit again. Neither Despicable Me 2, nor Frozen, nor Lego Movie were as genuinely and timelessly good as How To Train Your Dragon 2. Uggggh!
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1:18PM on 07/07/2014
Agreed, but maybe they were avoiding Rio 2 competition which was released in April and made almost 500 million WW. I am still baffled to the lack of receipts HTTYD2 has collected. I was especially surprised at the drop off during the second week. Maybe the families who would have seen HTTYD2 decided to spend their money on Maleficent...630m+ WW.
Agreed, but maybe they were avoiding Rio 2 competition which was released in April and made almost 500 million WW. I am still baffled to the lack of receipts HTTYD2 has collected. I was especially surprised at the drop off during the second week. Maybe the families who would have seen HTTYD2 decided to spend their money on Maleficent...630m+ WW.
1:59PM on 07/07/2014
Good point, Cap. Fox is way too invested in their own animation stable to give Dreamworks a real shot, marketing-wise. Wishing DWA had stuck with Paramount at this current juncture. And Maleficent...well, we are all familiar with the Disney hegemon. Kind of sad, really, considering how much more mediocre the reviews were for Maleficent. I did see the movie and quite enjoyed it myself, but it's a travesty when there is no longer room for a film like How To Train Your Dragon 2 to make a name
Good point, Cap. Fox is way too invested in their own animation stable to give Dreamworks a real shot, marketing-wise. Wishing DWA had stuck with Paramount at this current juncture. And Maleficent...well, we are all familiar with the Disney hegemon. Kind of sad, really, considering how much more mediocre the reviews were for Maleficent. I did see the movie and quite enjoyed it myself, but it's a travesty when there is no longer room for a film like How To Train Your Dragon 2 to make a name for itself. Only time will tell, I suppose. Great insight, though, into how these events transpire. Guess live-action family films need to be taken into account now as well!
10:05AM on 07/07/2014

Lowest Fourth of July Weekend Ever....

I think it says a lot about the state of big Hollywood blockbusters when this past Fourth of July weekend had one of the lowest box office numbers ever. Good for people to say fuck you to the crap that is brought into theaters year after year and spend time with friends, family, or escorts...
I think it says a lot about the state of big Hollywood blockbusters when this past Fourth of July weekend had one of the lowest box office numbers ever. Good for people to say fuck you to the crap that is brought into theaters year after year and spend time with friends, family, or escorts...
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7:52AM on 07/07/2014

yay!

seen transformers 3 times already!
film of the year!
seen transformers 3 times already!
film of the year!
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7:54AM on 07/07/2014
Lol.
Lol.
10:30PM on 07/06/2014

Next WE...

DAWN should obliterate Bay's robots: it's spectacular, smart and emotional...
Happy for SNOWPIERCER doing well, but again, disappointed at HTTYD 2's somehow weak performances... I hope it'll get the Oscar for best animated film... It deserve it !
DAWN should obliterate Bay's robots: it's spectacular, smart and emotional...
Happy for SNOWPIERCER doing well, but again, disappointed at HTTYD 2's somehow weak performances... I hope it'll get the Oscar for best animated film... It deserve it !
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8:56PM on 07/06/2014
Just heard about a man who China who bought hundreds of IMAX Transformers 4 tickets in order to prove his wealth to an ex who dumped him because he couldn't afford a movie date back then: [link] We've all been heartbroken at least once but man, this is kind of sad on many many levels.
Just heard about a man who China who bought hundreds of IMAX Transformers 4 tickets in order to prove his wealth to an ex who dumped him because he couldn't afford a movie date back then: [link] We've all been heartbroken at least once but man, this is kind of sad on many many levels.
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8:11PM on 07/06/2014
The rain had our theater packed to the brim on Friday.
The rain had our theater packed to the brim on Friday.
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7:55PM on 07/06/2014

Hey Michael Bay

I'm seeing your bad movies. You and Mel Gibson could go f yourselves!!!
I'm seeing your bad movies. You and Mel Gibson could go f yourselves!!!
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7:03PM on 07/06/2014
I'm glad in true American fashion, we came out and supported the film that illustrates all of our country's values on its birthday!!!
I'm glad in true American fashion, we came out and supported the film that illustrates all of our country's values on its birthday!!!
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6:28PM on 07/06/2014

Fuck Transformers!

Bloated, boring and numbing action, and terrible acting from everyone besides Marky Mark and Tucci. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes should take the pain away.
Bloated, boring and numbing action, and terrible acting from everyone besides Marky Mark and Tucci. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes should take the pain away.
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5:13PM on 07/06/2014
I hope Dawn of the Planet of the Apes dominates next weekend. It looks fantastic.
I hope Dawn of the Planet of the Apes dominates next weekend. It looks fantastic.
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6:46AM on 07/07/2014
Because it is !
Because it is !
4:31PM on 07/06/2014
I'm honestly surprised with July's movie lineup. There really isn't much else to see besides those damn dirty apes. Or am I missing something?
I'm honestly surprised with July's movie lineup. There really isn't much else to see besides those damn dirty apes. Or am I missing something?
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4:35PM on 07/06/2014
Well we were gonna get Fast 7 this month, but y'know what happened. And Jurassic World was slated for 2014, but obviously that wasn't going to happen.
Well we were gonna get Fast 7 this month, but y'know what happened. And Jurassic World was slated for 2014, but obviously that wasn't going to happen.
4:21PM on 07/06/2014

Saw Snowpiercer

Thank goodness I have an Alamo Drafthouse right down the road. I saw Snowpiercer yesterday afternoon and I was pleasantly surprised that the theater was almost 2/3 full. It was a great summer movie. Excellent story and a great international cast. Hopefully it keeps expanding so more people can see it. It'll be a shame if they keep the distribution to a small number of screens.
Thank goodness I have an Alamo Drafthouse right down the road. I saw Snowpiercer yesterday afternoon and I was pleasantly surprised that the theater was almost 2/3 full. It was a great summer movie. Excellent story and a great international cast. Hopefully it keeps expanding so more people can see it. It'll be a shame if they keep the distribution to a small number of screens.
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4:28PM on 07/06/2014
Lucky bastard. :)
Lucky bastard. :)
6:44AM on 07/07/2014
You know, Trainman, you can find it easily to buy (or not)...
It has been released in DVD/BR/VOD for quite some time in lots of countries, now...
You know, Trainman, you can find it easily to buy (or not)...
It has been released in DVD/BR/VOD for quite some time in lots of countries, now...
7:58AM on 07/07/2014
Thanks for the heads up!

I was actually more jealous that there was an Alamo Drafthouse right next to his place, though.
Thanks for the heads up!

I was actually more jealous that there was an Alamo Drafthouse right next to his place, though.
3:46PM on 07/06/2014

Flame shield activate!

Just saw Transformers this weekend, and honestly, I had a good time. What can I say? I just was bored outta my mind, saw pretty much all of the good summer movies already, and just wanted to see robots fight and blow shit up, and that was exactly what I got. Even better, Marky Mark was a better human protagonist than that spaz Shia running around and screaming "Optimus". Not only that, there wasn't as much of the juvenile and low-brow humor than plagued the first three movies.
Just saw Transformers this weekend, and honestly, I had a good time. What can I say? I just was bored outta my mind, saw pretty much all of the good summer movies already, and just wanted to see robots fight and blow shit up, and that was exactly what I got. Even better, Marky Mark was a better human protagonist than that spaz Shia running around and screaming "Optimus". Not only that, there wasn't as much of the juvenile and low-brow humor than plagued the first three movies.
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8:05AM on 07/07/2014
I agree. I actually don't much like the other films - too much HORRIFIC humor, the humans aren't very good and their story doesn't involved the TFs (shia looking for a job? who cares!).

This movie fixed all the shortcomings of the previous 3 and its the first one I actually liked - in fact I thought it was FUCKING AMAZING!

I guess after 4 films they have to get some things right.
I agree. I actually don't much like the other films - too much HORRIFIC humor, the humans aren't very good and their story doesn't involved the TFs (shia looking for a job? who cares!).

This movie fixed all the shortcomings of the previous 3 and its the first one I actually liked - in fact I thought it was FUCKING AMAZING!

I guess after 4 films they have to get some things right.
1:08PM on 07/07/2014
Yeah, I thought the same thing. Transformers 1 was pretty damn good,2 and 3 was when they went overboard on the unnecessary shit.
Yeah, I thought the same thing. Transformers 1 was pretty damn good,2 and 3 was when they went overboard on the unnecessary shit.
3:37PM on 07/06/2014

Too much at once

Nothing is ever epic anymore. I love to watch movies but even the good ones seem to be missing an ingredient. Also, all of the movies I want to see would require a ton of time and money. It's overstimulation. How bout Hollywood pay us to watch some the crap they have been churning out...
Nothing is ever epic anymore. I love to watch movies but even the good ones seem to be missing an ingredient. Also, all of the movies I want to see would require a ton of time and money. It's overstimulation. How bout Hollywood pay us to watch some the crap they have been churning out...
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3:22PM on 07/06/2014

2014= Weak box office

All movies are down this year. I bet not one movie this year reaches the $300 million mark.
The future of movies doesn't seem too bright

All movies are down this year. I bet not one movie this year reaches the $300 million mark.
The future of movies doesn't seem too bright

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3:51PM on 07/06/2014
Remember when the 4th was THE biggest or most anticipated movie you looked forward to in the summer. Everything else was a build up, filler, or a surprise...
Remember when the 4th was THE biggest or most anticipated movie you looked forward to in the summer. Everything else was a build up, filler, or a surprise...
4:40PM on 07/07/2014
Definitely down this year..but the future doesn't seem bright?
2015 has lined up.."Fast and Furious 7", "Avengers:Age of Ultron", "Jurassic World", "Terminator:Genesis", "Ant Man", "James Bond 24", "Hunger Games:Mocking Jay, Part 2", "Star Wars: Episode VII", "Mission Impossible V"...and that's not counting kids movies, or movies like "50 Shades of Gray" that should still bring in bank.
Not only is the future of movies safe, next year should become the most lucrative ever!
Definitely down this year..but the future doesn't seem bright?
2015 has lined up.."Fast and Furious 7", "Avengers:Age of Ultron", "Jurassic World", "Terminator:Genesis", "Ant Man", "James Bond 24", "Hunger Games:Mocking Jay, Part 2", "Star Wars: Episode VII", "Mission Impossible V"...and that's not counting kids movies, or movies like "50 Shades of Gray" that should still bring in bank.
Not only is the future of movies safe, next year should become the most lucrative ever!
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