Despite overwhelmingly negative reviews, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ powered past ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ at theaters to top the domestic weekend box office, according to industry figures reported by movie tracking site Box Office Mojo on Monday.
‘Turtles’ grossed $65.5 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday to easily knock ‘Guardians’ from the top spot. The ‘Turtles’ remake also shredded the debut of the original ‘Turtles’ film, which opened with $25.3 million in 1990. Only 19 percent of reviews were positive on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film 'may bear the distinction of being the dullest movie ever made about talking bipedal reptiles.'
Meanwhile, after opening with an August record $94.3 million the previous weekend, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ slipped one notch to No. 2 in its second weekend, earning $42.1 million for a total of $176.5 million since opening Aug. 1. 'Guardians' is one of the best reviewed summer blockbusters of the year with 92 percent favorable reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. ‘Guardians’ also flew past ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ and moved into the top 10 for gross ticket sales in 2014. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ remains the No. 1 film of the year with $259.5 million.
Tornado action thriller ‘Into the Storm’ debuted at No. 3 with $17.3 million. Only 19 percent of reviews were positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film is 'clumsily scripted and populated with forgettable characters' and 'has little to offer beyond its admittedly thrilling special effects.'
‘The Hundred-Foot Journey,’ starring Helen Mirren, opened with $10.9 million. A respectable 65 percent of reviews were positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said 'Helen Mirren is always worth watching' but the film 'travels predictable ground already covered by countless feel-good dramedies.'
Sci-fi action thriller ‘Lucy,’ starring Scarlett Johannson, dropped three spots to No. 5 in its third weekend, earning $9.4 million for a total of $97.5 million.
The other major new release of the weekend, dance drama sequel ‘Step Up: All In,’ debuted at No. 6 with $6.4 million. ‘All In’ is the fifth ‘Step Up’ movie and finished with the lowest opening weekend gross since the franchise started in 2006. Only 39 percent of reviews were positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which makes 'All In' the third-best reviewed film in the franchise.
WEDNESDAY’S NATIONWIDE RELEASE
‘Let’s Be Cops’ is an action comedy about two pals who dress up as police officers for a costume party and decide to pretend to be real cops only to get tangled in an actual web of dirty mobsters and detectives. Rated R. Watch the official trailer here.
FRIDAY’S NATIONWIDE RELEASES
‘The Expendables 3’ is an action adventure sequel starring Sylvester Stallone and featuring a Who’s Who of top action stars, including Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the third ‘Expendables,’ the team tries to take down their co-founder, a notorious arms trader, who is on a mission to wipe them all out. Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.
‘The Giver,’ starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift, is a young adult sci-fi drama based on the 1993 novel by Lois Lowry. In ‘The Giver,’ a 16-year-old boy, who lives in a perfect society with no violence or sickness, uncovers the dark truth of his world’s past. Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.