Monday, 18 August 2014

US Box Office Top 10: 18th August 2014

As industry experts had predicted it would, The Expendables 3 suffered at the box office this week bringing in a little over half of what The Expendables 2 did on its opening weekend, leaving it in fourth place overall. This is at least partly due to a near-perfect pirated copy being released on the Internet to over two million downloads, an unfortunate event that distributor Lionsgate is combating with all its legal might. Currently experts estimate the movie will leave the charts with a domestic haul of around $48 million, and if this is the case it could spell doom for not only a potential Expendables 4, but also the upcoming female-led spin-off the Expendabelles.

It was a brighter story for Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who managed to keep the top spot this week in spite of almost universally negative reviews. The film brought in around $28 million this week, a drop of 56.7% on last week crossing it past the $100 million mark in the US. While fans of the Turtles and Transformers alike may loath Bay's interpretation of the much-loved franchises, there's no denying that he knows how to make a successful blockbuster.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy also had another strong week both domestically and overseas, as it looks likely to beat both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World's US haul. The film brought in just under $25 million this week, meaning Kevin Feige can breathe a sigh of relief in the knowledge that his big gamble of the year paid off - now he can only hope for a repeat performance come the release of Marvel's other weirder features Ant-Man and Doctor Strange.

Other releases last week included the Jake Johnson/Damon Wayans Jr. comedy Let's Be Cops which had a solid, if not incredible debut of $17 million over the weekend. That total increases to $26 million when weekday numbers are included. Therefore the movie, which had a relatively low budget of just $17 million, is well on the way to making a profit - good news for both Johnson and Wayans who could both use a few more box office hits to their name.
The final new entry this week was the adaptation of the young adult novel, The Giver, which continued the trend of adaptations like these falling short of the genre giants Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games. With a lackluster debut of just $12 million, you can expect The Giver to join bargain bins alongside Beautiful Creatures, The Host, and The Mortal Instruments when it hits DVD and Blu-Ray in a couple of months time.

Here's the top ten in full:

1. (1) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - $28.4 million
2. (2) Guardians of the Galaxy - $24.7 million
3. (-) Let's Be Cops - $17.7 million
4. (-) The Expendables 3 - $16.2 million
5. (-) The Giver - $12.7 million
6. (3) Into the Storm - $7.7 million
7. (4) The Hundred Foot Journey - $7.1 million
8. (5) Lucy - $5.3 million
9. (6) Step Up All In - $2.7 million
10. (13) Boyhood - $2.1 million

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