Moviegoers have a wide range of action/adventure films to choose from this weekend as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” return to face off two new contenders vying to reach the top of the box office. Backed by all-star casts, “The Giver,” based on Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel, rolls into theaters this weekend alongside “The Expendables 3.” While they all may land on the top five list, I’ll let you decide which one is worth your ticket.
“The Giver:” Based on Lois Lowry’s 1993 American children’s novel of the same name, Brenton Thwaites stars as Jonas, a young man living in a seemingly perfect community stripped of colors and power of choice. Jonas discovers the painful truths of the past when he spends time with the sole keeper of all the community’s memories. Thwaites joins an impressive cast line up including Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift. The drama / Sci-Fi has a PG-13 rating for mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence.
“The Expendables 3:” The all-star cast Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mel Gibson return with no shortage of bullets and brute. This time around, Barney (Stallone) recruits a young, tech-savvy crew to help him take down the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms dealer, Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson). The mission gets personal as Stonebanks attempts to terminate Barney and everyone he’s working with. The action / adventure / thriller has a PG-13 rating for violence including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and for language.
“Let’s Be Cops:” Two friends searching for more in life are inspired to pose as police officers after enjoying the attention received when they dressed up as the boys in blue for a costume party. Ryan (Jake Johnson) and Justin’s (Damon Wayans Jr.) fake badges are put to the test when they come entangled with mobsters and dirty detectives. The action / comedy is rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity, violence and drug use.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” currently holds the top spot after an impressive $65 million dollar opening weekend and is expected to rake in millions for the second week in a row. “TMNT’s” massive debut bumped “Guardians of the Galaxy” from the top spot and it’s hard to tell just how long the turtles will remain in the lead. “Lucy” may finally drop from the top five to make way for “The Giver” and “The Expendables 3” this weekend leaving room for “Into The Storm” and “The Hundred-Foot Journey” to maintain a top spot.