While not a massive surprise, Michael Bay's explosive re-imagining of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles managed to score the top spot at the box office this weekend, knocking the acclaimed Guardians Of The Galaxy down a peg. However, Marvel's space opera was able to fend off three other newcomers.
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - $65 million. TMNT was the second film in two weeks to beat projected estimated grosses to an astounding degree. The film was only tracking to make around $45 million. Last week, Guardians opened at $94 million after predictions had it set at $60-70 million. All in all, this has so far been one of the most lucrative Augusts in recent history, despite an overall slower year in ticket sales.
2. Guardians Of The Galaxy – $41.5 million. The film is down 56% from last week, which is exactly average for Marvel films. Guardians' impressive 92% score on Rotten Tomatoes and its overall praise could turn this into an incredible profit earner for the studio.
3. Into The Storm - $18 million. This natural disaster movie had a low-budget ad campaign but still cost $50 million to make. As it is, Into The Storm will be lucky to break even unless it can hold its ground in third place next week.
4. The Hundred-Foot Journey – $11.1 million. More people than expected wanted to watch Helen Mirren as an uptight French restaurant owner who hated Indian food. It was good counter-programming to TMNT and GOTG for people who didn't necessarily care about explosions.
5. Lucy – $9.3 million. Dropping from second to fifth is a steep decline, but with four new films opening this weekend, the slip makes sense.
6. Step Up All In - $6.5 million. The fifth installment in the Step Up franchise debuted in sixth place. However, the films do well overseas. Step Up All In has already made $37.7 million in foreign sales, and, with no real stars, cost very little to produce. So Step Up 6 is almost an inevitability.
7. Hercules – $5.7 million. Dwayne Johnson punching huge animals in the face feels like it should have been a money flood. It's so confusing!
8. Get On Up - $5 million. This James Brown biopic had one of the biggest tumbles of the year, dropping from its debut in third place last weekend to the eighth spot.
9. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes - $4.4 million. Dawn has already made $197.8 million domestically in five weekends, which is a whopping $22 million more than Rise of the Planet of the Apes made in theaters total.
10. Planes: Fire & Rescue - $2.4 million. Fire & Rescue managed to only pull in a domestic total of $52.9 million during it's time in the top 10, which is still far short of the original film's $90.2 million. It's unclear if there will be any more theatrical sequels, or if future installments in the Planes franchise will be direct-to-DVD releases.