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Box Office Guru Wrapup: Fans Shell Out For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Guardians of the Galaxy and Into the Storm round out the top three.

by | August 10, 2014 | Comments



The reborn heroes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles conquered the North American box office as the franchise flick beat industry expectations to open at number one with an estimated $65M. It was the fourth biggest opening weekend ever in the month of August and soared about $20M above what the film biz was expecting. Summer has been light on kidpics and audiences came out in droves for Turtles which began as a movie franchise in 1990 with a record debut for its time.

Turtles averaged a sensational $16,905 from 3,845 theaters and got help from 3D and premium large format pricing. Reviews were bad but audiences responded to the brand and the action, especially dads familiar with the property from its glory days in the 1980s and early 90s. Studio research showed that 61% of the audience was male and 55% was over 25. The CinemaScore was a decent B for the $125M-budgeted actioner. Megan Fox and Will Arnett were among the cast members and did the rounds on talk shows to promote.

After last weekend’s record opening for Guardians of the Galaxy, the sophomore frame saw a 56% drop to an estimated $41.5M putting the new cume at $175.9M. Considering how front-loaded comic book movies are, and the competition Turtles gave, it was a very respectable hold. The Marvel hit could go on to reach the $290M vicinity for Disney. Overseas brought in an estimated $40.1M from 50 territories bumping the international cume up to $137.3M and the worldwide tally to $313.2M. Many of the world’s top ten markets have not opened yet.

The tornado thriller Into The Storm opened in third place with an estimated $18M from 3,434 locations for a moderate $5,246 average. The PG-13 storm chaser flick actually opened with less than half of the $41.1M gross of 1996’s smash summer hit Twister back when ticket prices were almost half as much. Critics panned Storm which targeted thrill-seekers for Warner Bros.

Disney and DreamWorks debuted the culinary film The Hundred-Foot Journey in fourth place with an estimated $11.1M from 2,023 theaters for a respectable $5,498 average. Starring Helen Mirren, the PG-rated film based on a popular novel was backed by producers Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg who actively used their tastemaker skills to help build an audience. The first weekend results were slightly better than expected and the road ahead looks promising. Reviews were mixed but paying audiences liked what they got as the Cinemascore was a solid A.

Scarlett Johansson’s hit action flick Lucy dropped 49% in its third round to an estimated $9.3M for Universal for $97.4M to date. Step Up All In, the fifth installment in the hit dance competition franchise, suffered the worst opening of the series with an estimated $6.6M bow. Averaging a weak $3,173 from 2,072 locations, the PG-13 pic from Lionsgate fell below the $11.7M of 2012’s Step Up Revolution and was a far cry from the $20.7M debut of the first Step Up from eight years ago this very weekend. Every film in the series has opened worse than its predecessor in North America, but brisk overseas sales have kept the franchise going.

Paramount’s action epic Hercules took a drop of 48% to an estimated $5.7M for a new sum of $63.5M. Universal’s James Brown pic Get On Up declined a hefty 63% in its sophomore effort to an estimated $5M for a sum of $22.9M.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes followed in ninth with an estimated $4.4M, off 49%, for a $197.8M cume for Fox. The toon sequel Planes: Fire and Rescue saw much of its kid audience erode falling 60% to an estimated $2.4M. Cume to date is $53M for Disney.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $169.1M which was up 23% from last year when Elysium opened at number one with $29.8M; and up 31% from 2012 when The Bourne Legacy debuted on top with $38.1M.

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