'Ninja Turtles' Kick 'GOTG' Out Of the Box-Office Top Spot
By Zach Seemayer
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!
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.