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“Turtles” and “Guardians” Reign over “Expendables 3” and “The Giver”

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Despite high expectations, the Sylvester Stallone fronted “The Expendables 3” failed to attract audiences. The third installment to the franchise garnered a measly $16.2 million landing in fourth place at the box office. Surprisingly, “Expendables 3” starring Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and Arnold Swarznegger fell far behind its predecessors.

“The Expendables” opened in August of 2010 with a $34.8 million dollar weekend that added to its impressive worldwide revenue of $274.4 million. “The Expendables 2” pulled ahead in August 2012 with $305.4 million dollars worldwide and $28.6 for its debut. While “The Expendables 3” may have had a slow start, the follow-up film “The Expendables 4” is still on track to become a reality.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” yet again rose to the top of the box office selling the most tickets for the second week in a row. The live-action superhero flick earned $28.4 million, just four million ahead of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Megan Fox stars as reporter April O’Neil alongside the four mutated turtles who rise from the sewers to face off against kingpin Shredder and his evil Foot Clan.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” held onto second place with a $24.7 million dollar weekend. The Marvel movie stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) who is hunted and thrown into an inter-galactic prison after stealing a mysterious orb belonging to Ronan. In order to save the universe from Ronan’s devious plans, Quill must team up with a group of outlaws and break out of prison.

Newcomer comedy “Let’s Be Cops” scored third place earning $17.7 million it’s opening weekend. An early Wednesday debut helped the film collect $26.1 million. Starring Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr., two friends searching for more in life pose as cops after becoming a neighborhood sensation during a costume party.

Not even Oscar winners Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep could help “The Giver” rake in ticket sales. The Sci-Fi secured fifth place earning $12.7 million. Based on Lois Lowry’s novel of the same name, the film adaptation was nearly 20 years in the making. The film follows Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) in a seemingly perfect community free from war, pain, and the power of choice. Jonas realizes there is more to life than he was led to believe when he is chosen to receive memories from The Giver (Bridges) who holds all the memories of the past.

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