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Weekend box office: 'Ninja Turtles' outfight 'Expendables 3'

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” was the reigning box office champion for the second weekend in a row, with “Guardians of the Galaxy” also staying in second place. The two action movies went up against another new action movie this weekend, “The Expendables 3”, which flopped terribly. Despite, as usual, an all-star cast, “The Expendables 3” was met with little applause. It debuted in only fourth with $16.2 million. That’s about half as much as “The Expendables 2” opened with; with ever-declining numbers like that it’s unlikely that this franchise will continue much longer, if at all. Meanwhile, “Ninja Turtles” grossed $28.4 million, while “Guardians of the Galaxy” stayed close behind with $24.7 million.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" won the battle with "Expendables 3" at the box office
Paramount Pictures

Despite growing turmoil in the country this week surrounding the police force, the comedy “Let’s Be Cops” did surprisingly well. The movie, which follows two guys who let a costume party get out of hand, going so far as to pretend they are cops and get involved in a mob plot, opened in third with $17.7 million. The film actually opened on Wednesday of last week, and has grossed a total of $26.1 million so far.

The Giver” was another big new movie that came in under expectations this weekend. The adaptation of the beloved children’s book that predated the YA dystopian novels that are now so popular likely came along too late in the game, appearing tame against the likes of “The Hunger Games”. “The Giver” also received poor reviews, and came in fifth with only $12.7 million.

Meanwhile, Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood”, one of the best movies of the year, expanded to over 250 more theaters nationwide this weekend, boosting that movie back into the top twelve with $2.1 million.

The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.

1. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”: $28.4 million

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. “Into the Storm”: $7.7 million

7. “The Hundred-Foot Journey”: $7.1 million

8. “Lucy”: $5.3 million

9. “Step Up All In”: $2.7 million

10. “Boyhood”: $2.1 million

11. “Hercules”: $2.08 million

12. “Get On Up”: $1.9 million

Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.

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