Monday, 23 June 2014

US Box Office Top 10: 23rd June 2014

This weekend the US box office saw one of its closest match-ups for some time as last week's number one 22 Jump Street went head-to-head with Kevin Hart's Think Like a Man Too. Ultimately, Hart's comedy sequel was the film that came out on top, however it was close with a relatively small gap of around $1 million between the two pictures. Think Like a Man Too pulled in around $30 million - a little less than the first movie's $33.6 million - while 22 Jump Street settled for $29 million and the number two spot. With a budget that didn't break the bank - around $24 million - Hart's sequel should be able to make a reasonable profit for distributor Screen Gems, and a third entry will be on the table if the movie continues to perform over the Summer.

As for last week's number one, 22 Jump Street, it had a second week drop of just under 50% which is fairly healthy for the relatively low-budget comedy. The movie's domestic haul is now at $111 million, and if it continues to perform this way then it too will be on course for a third entry.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 on the other hand may not be so lucky. The animated feature had a budget of $145 million and is yet to cross the $100 million in the US after two weeks in theatres, although admittedly it is very close. Adding in the sequel's overseas haul brings the movie up to $171 million, however it is looking unlikely that Hiccup's latest adventure will be the smash-hit Dreamworks Animation wants after the disappointing performances of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Turbo, and Rise of the Guardians.

The final wide release this week was Clint Eastwood's biographic of the 1960s rock group, The Four Seasons. The film titled Jersey Boys made a disappointing entrance at number four making just $13.5 million. While it is still very possible for the movie to make back its $40 million budget, it is unlikely that the film will be remembered come the end of the Summer movie season.

On the independent side of things, Guy Pearce's The Rover was released in another 594 theatres to disappointing results. The movie pulled in just $500,000 over the weekend averaging out to around $835 made by each venue.

Here's this week's top ten in full:

1. (-) Think Like a Man Too - $30 million
2. (1) 22 Jump Street - $29 million
3. (2) How to Train Your Dragon 2 - $25.3 million
4. (-) Jersey Boys - $13.5 million
5. (3) Maleficent - $13 million
6. (4) Edge of Tomorrow - $10.3 million
7. (5) The Fault in Our Stars - $8.6 million
8. (6) X-Men: Days of Future Past - $6.2 million
9. (10) Chef - $1.84 million
10. (7) Godzilla - $1.82 million

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