Box Office Numbers: ‘Guardians’ back on top; ‘Sin City’ DOA

Back on top!

Back on top!

The summer box office has been down a record pace in recent years, and this weekend is a clear example of this. The newcomers of the weekend didn’t do much and the high-profiled sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For failed to make any sort of dent. The comic book sequel was a flat out Box Office Bomb this weekend as the Robert Rodriguez film earned a horrible $6 million opening on a $70-$80 million budget. This paved the way for Marvel to get the top spot back as Guardians of the Galaxy returned to the top spot in its 4th weekend. The reigning champs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fell down a spot but earned a solid return in its 3rd weekend. The other newcomers, If I Stay earned a solid $16.3 million for the weekend and When the Game Stands Tall earned a mediocre $9 million. Overall, a really bad weekend at the box office to go along with a terrible summer box office.

Normally, this is the spot where I discuss the number one film of the weekend, but the story behind Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is too much to not discuss. The 9 year wait seemed to be too much for fan boys as the new Sin City had lost major steam. When the original film came out in 2005, it earned an opening of $29 million on its way to $70 million. This new film had the modest expectations of $15 million because of the lack of buzz. The film didn’t fare all that well with critics as the sequel earned a 43% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Nine Years too late?

The film had major stars from Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Josh Brolin, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, and more. For Rodriguez himself, it’s another misfire to add to his streak of flops. His last two films, Machete Kills and Spy Kids: All the Time in the World were big flops as well. However, both films didn’t have the $70-$80 million budget that this film had. With the lack of interest, the latest Sin City film will be lucky to earn $15 million by the end of it’s run.

As for the winner this weekend, Marvel returned to the top as the space opera, Guardians of the Galaxy earned $17.6 million. The film surpassed Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction for the top summer movie at the box office this year. It currently trails The Lego Movie and Captain America: The Winter Soldier in terms of 2014 domestic grossers. The remarkable story for Marvel’s latest is still amazing considering how the box office this summer has been awful for the most part. Groot and company will likely end their dominate run with $290-$300 million, outgrossing last summer’s Man of Steel which features the big screen return of Superman.

As for the rest of the box office, the reigning champs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fell one spot this weekend with a weekend gross of $16.7 million. The latest turtles flick has earned a total of $145.5 million and is on its way to earning a total of $180-$190 million. As for the newcomers, If I Stay won Friday’s box office but fell apart at the end of the weekend. The YA adaption earned $15.6 million for the weekend, which is a pretty decent opening. The other newcomer, When the Game Stands Tall had a middle of the pack debut as the faith-based football drama earned $8.3 million for the weekend. In comparison to Heaven is for RealGame doesn’t come close in comparison. It even fell behind the debuts of fellow sport films Million Dollar Arm and Draft Day but the high school movie wasn’t expected to be that big of a hit.

So... can I be Bond again?!

So… is Daniel Craig really a better Bond?!

In terms of next weekend, Pierce Bronson will try to top the box office as The November Man and some found footage horror film called As Above So Below. Both films aren’t expected to have blockbuster numbers but The November Man is expected to earn about $10 million and will contend with Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the top spot. The summer box office will officially end next weekend and Hollywood can start drooling over 2015’s summer lineup (Avengers 2 anybody?!).

Photos and numbers chart via Box Office Mojo

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 2 Guardians of the Galaxy BV $17,202,212 -31.5% 3,371 -326 $5,103 $251,456,069 $170 4
2 1 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Par. $16,725,447 -41.4% 3,864 -116 $4,329 $145,535,253 $125 3
3 N If I Stay WB $15,679,190 - 2,907 - $5,394 $15,679,190 $11 1
4 3 Let’s Be Cops Fox $10,810,533 -39.3% 3,140 +46 $3,443 $45,056,701 $17 2
5 N When the Game Stands Tall TriS $8,381,509 - 2,673 - $3,136 $8,381,509 $15 1
6 4 The Expendables 3 LGF $6,485,385 -59.2% 3,221 - $2,013 $27,403,562 - 2
7 5 The Giver Wein. $6,434,240 -47.7% 3,003 - $2,143 $23,804,778 $25 2
8 N Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For W/Dim. $6,317,683 - 2,894 - $2,183 $6,317,683 - 1
9 7 The Hundred-Foot Journey BV $5,339,006 -25.6% 1,944 -99 $2,746 $32,527,210 $22 3
10 6 Into The Storm WB $3,803,309 -51.8% 2,375 -1,059 $1,601 $38,304,693 $50 3

 

Box Office Numbers: ‘If I Stay’ opens to top while ‘Sin City’ flops

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The dog days of the summer box office were evident on Friday as the only newcomer to make any buzz was If I Stay as the others were disappointing. The new Chloe Mortez film earned $6.8 million on Friday, which is a solid start. If the film plays out like people expect, the film should earn $16 million for the weekend. However, that would only be good enough for the second spot as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy should surpass the YA film for the top spot. The superhero film earned $4.8 million and will earn $17 million for the weekend. By the end of the weekend, Guardians will surpass Transformers: Age of Extinction as the highest grossing summer film. As for the newcomers, the big story of the weekend is the giant Box Office Bomb, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which earned a terrible $2.6 million on Friday. The nine year wait was too long for fans as the original film earned $29 million its opening weekend in 2005. The sequel will likely earn $6 million for the weekend, and a number 8 spot. The other newcomer, When the Game Stands Tall fared better than Sin City as the football drama earned $3 million on Friday. The film will likely earn $9 million for the weekend. Overall another bad weekend at the box office for a bad summer for Hollywood.

Box Office Numbers: ‘Ninja Turtles’, ‘Guardians’ stay on top

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Once again, we’re on top… Cowabunga haters!!

The ’80s once again were the stars of the weekend as last weekend’s champs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reigned supreme. The Ninja Turtles reboot held up pretty well considering the negative feedback from audiences and critics. However, it was not a good weekend for the box office as the weekend featured 3 newcomers and only 1 made any significant dent. With Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy reigning supreme, The Expendables 3 flopped big time. The third sequel in the action stars team, the old saying ‘Third times the charm’ wasn’t the case for Stallone and co. The “final” installment from Lionsgate was facing a bit of an uphill battle coming from both franchise fatigue and the piracy issue. The same can’t be said for fellow newcomer, Let’s Be Cops as the buddy comedy actually surpassed the action flick despite featuring no recognizable stars. Since opening on Wednesday, the buddy cop film has earned a strong $26 million even with terrible reviews (10% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes). The other newcomer, The Giver performed more in the vain of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Host, and Beautiful Creatures instead of The Hunger Games or Divergent like the studio was aiming for. Overall, it was actually a pretty good weekend compared to last year despite strong weekends to start August this year.

The internet hate for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles couldn’t stop this train as the film has over-performed despite the low expectations. Since the debut of the first trailer, it was hard to find any real positive buzz for this reboot. It can be attributed to a lot of factors, but the involvement of producer Michael Bay is the main reason for the negative buzz. Yet it hasn’t mattered as the new Ninja Turtles has made a big dent in the box office. The film fell 56% from last weekend, avoiding the dreaded 60% drop which most blockbusters experience with bad reviews. The film earned $28.4 million for a total of $117.6 million and will pass its $125 million budget by next weekend. The film will likely end its run with $180 million and audiences will get to see the Ninja Turtles in June 2016.

The 2nd place spot belonged to Marvel for another weekend as the Guardians once again had a good weekend. The space opera fell 41% from last weekend with a weekend gross of $24.7 million. The Marvel film has earned $222.2 million to date, which is ahead of Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the same point ($200.5 million to be exact). In fact, the Groot film is ahead of 2014 blockbusters The Amazing Spider-Man 2GodzillaTransformers: Age of Extinction, and X-Men: Days of Future Past at the same point. This is pretty remarkable considering Guardians of the Galaxy is based on a relatively unknown property that no one outside of hardcore fans heard of. Guardians of the Galaxy will end its run with $270-$290 million with a possibility of $300 million.

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What now Stallone & Schwarzenegger? Mwahahaha

Of all the newcomers, Let’s Be Cops was the only film that didn’t completely flop. The R-rated buddy cop film featuring the stars of New Girl didn’t have the most positive feedback from critics with only 10% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and a B on CinemaScore. Yet the film earned $17.7 million for the weekend for a total of $26.1 million since Wednesday. While it didn’t reach the heights of We’re the Millers or Tropic Thunder, it performed better than other 2014 R-rated comedies Sex Tape or A Million Ways to Die in the West despite having more star power. The film isn’t likely to have legs but expect at least $60 million total.

The major newcomer of the weekend has to be The Expendables 3 and is the biggest story of the weekend. The film crashed and burned with only $16.2 million. Compared to the other films, this film doesn’t even come close to either Expendables movie. The film’s disappointing box office can be contributed to many aspects but franchise fatigue is the main culprit for the film’s failure. When the first film was released in 2010, the idea of teaming up Stallone, Schwarzenegger and other 80’s action stars together was very appealing. However the concept has gotten stale after about 4 years since there are so many stars you can get (Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes). Also a major contribution to the disappointing return would be the piracy leak of the film about 1 month ago. The film leaked online and has been download about 2.2 million times already. Similar to 2009 when X-Men Origins: Wolverine was leaked before the release and hurt the film’s box office. Audiences have clearly had enough of Stallone and his team.

The other newcomer was even worse than The Expendables 3 as The Giver continued the YA flops as the adaption fell flat. Most YA films have failed recently and only The Hunger GamesTwilight, and Divergent have found recent success. Similar to Beautiful CreaturesThe Host, or Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the Jeff Bridges film failed to find an audience. Based on the classic 1993 Lois Lowry novel, The Giver earned $12.7 million for the weekend. The film’s budget is $25 million so it’s likely to earn about that much at the end of its run but no more than that.

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Next weekend will see the 9 year return of Sin City, a romance that involves the dead, and an inspirational high school football movie. Of the newcomers, Sin City: A Dame to Die For is expected to earn about $15 million for the weekend with the romance If I Stay expected to earn $20 million and challenge for the top spot. Meanwhile, Sin City: A Dame to Die For promises to have the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s next film, The Hateful Eight which isn’t going to be posted online. Yet those female demo that fueled the success of The Fault in Our Stars will likely come out to support Chloe Moretz.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 1 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Par. $28,400,000 -56.7% 3,980 +135 $7,136 $117,642,000 $125 2
2 2 Guardians of the Galaxy BV $24,735,000 -41.3% 3,697 -391 $6,691 $222,281,000 $170 3
3 N Let’s Be Cops Fox $17,700,000 - 3,094 - $5,721 $26,107,000 $17 1
4 N The Expendables 3 LGF $16,200,000 - 3,221 - $5,029 $16,200,000 - 1
5 N The Giver Wein. $12,760,000 - 3,003 - $4,249 $12,760,000 $25 1
6 3 Into The Storm WB $7,720,000 -55.5% 3,434 - $2,248 $31,341,000 $50 2
7 4 The Hundred-Foot Journey BV $7,109,000 -35.3% 2,043 +20 $3,480 $23,619,000 $22 2
8 5 Lucy Uni. $5,317,000 -44.0% 2,520 -627 $2,110 $107,537,000 $40 4
9 6 Step Up All In LG/S $2,700,000 -58.3% 2,072 - $1,303 $11,849,000 - 2
10 13 Boyhood IFC $2,150,000 +8.9% 771 +265 $2,789 $13,801,000 $4 6

 

Box Office Numbers: ‘Ninja Turtles’, ‘Guardians’ lead while ‘Expendables’ flops

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The top of the box office was once again owned by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The reboot earned $7.9 million on Friday and will likely reign supreme for another weekend. The new Ninja Turtles movie has earned $97.1 million and will cross the $100 million barrier by the end of the weekend. Also good news came for Disney as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy stayed in 2nd with $6.9 million. The space opera has crossed the $200 million barrier and is still on pace to finish its run with $250 million, good enough for the highest grossing movie of the summer. The newcomers however failed to generate any buzz and will be another down weekend at the box office. The Expendables 3 earned a disappointing $5.8 million and won’t even cross the $20 million barrier for the weekend. The other two Expendables films earned $13 million and $10 million respectively on their opening days. The poor start can be attributed to a few details including the film being pirated online about a month ago and the franchise is feeling the fatigue of fans. At some point, the concept of the 80’s action stars teaming up gets old after 3 movies. Another issue has to be fans not liking the fact that the film is rated PG-13 instead of R like the two other films. The other newcomers, Let’s Be Cops was the only newcomer that made any sort of noise. The R-rated comedy earned $5.6 million for a total of $14 million since Wednesday. The film has received universal negative feedback from both critics and audience (a B on CinemaScore and 11% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) so the film isn’t expected to have long legs. The other newcomer, The Giver performed like most YA films that aren’t called Hunger GamesHarry Potter, or Twilight. Similar to the other YA films, The Mortal Instruments: City of BonesThe Host, or Beautiful Creatures, the film opened to disappointing results. The classic novel adaption opened to $4.7 million and is on course for a $11 million weekend.

TD YD Title (Click to View) Studio Daily Gross % +/- YD / LW Theaters / Avg Gross To-Date Day
1 1 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Par. $7,920,000 +84% -69% 3,980 $1,990 $97,162,000 8
2 2 Guardians of the Galaxy BV $6,953,000 +65% -44% 3,697 $1,881 $204,499,000 15
3 - The Expendables 3 LGF $5,880,000 - - 3,221 $1,826 $5,880,000 1
4 3 Let’s Be Cops Fox $5,625,000 +76% - 3,094 $1,818 $14,032,000 3
5 - The Giver Wein. $4,740,000 - - 3,003 $1,578 $4,740,000 1

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles review

20140327-154228.jpgThe origins of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came in the form of a comic book series that was initially made to make fun of Frank Miller’s comics in the ’80s. It wasn’t until the late ’80s where the turtles caught on with a TV series that was a little more goofy and kid friendly than the source material. Finally in the ’90s, audiences got to experience the turtles in live action as a film that sprung 2 other sequels. Fast forward to today, a reboot of the turtles are here and the first thing I noticed about the turtles was the universal negative feedback. That could be contributed to the involvement of Michael Bay, most famous for his film adaptations of another 80’s property, Transformers. The good news is that the film isn’t as bad as any of those ‘Bay-formers’ but it’s still not that great. All the hate on the turtles got when the first look was released, those fans should feel stupid because those guys are the best part. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t fully unleash the turtles, and instead focuses on the humans. The film’s plot is pretty ho-hum and the film is short but the filmmakers take way too many liberties with the story that feel forced.

In present day New York, reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) is trying to break through and get that story that will spring her career to life. She soon discovers these ‘vigilantes’ that are fighting back from the underground group known as the Foot Clan. The vigilantes turn out to be 4 giant turtles that are the titular Ninja Turtles. The turtles include the leader Leonardo (voiced by Johnny Knoxville; motion captured performance from Pete Ploszek), the smart one Donatello (Jeremy Howard), the tough guy Raphael (Blue Mountain State‘s Alan Ritchson) and the goofball Michelangelo (Noel Fisher) who are trained by a rat known as Master Splinter (voiced by Tony Schalhoub; motion captured performance from Danny Woodburn). The turtles soon discover a plot that involves the villainous Shredder (Tohoru Masamune) and scientist Eric Sacks (William Fichtner) trying to make a lot of money and killing people. 

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLESI’m not here to tell you that anyone who complained about how this film ruined their childhoods were right or that the film is actually good. It’s a middle of the road film with some awesome action sequences. The turtles in the film are actually pretty cool despite a questionable attempt to connect the creatures origins that feels too coincidental. Despite the issues of how the turtles look like ‘roided-out Shreks, when the film focuses on them, the movie is at its best. Knoxville surprisingly works as Leonardo’s voice and Ritchson gives off a badass vibe to Raphael.

The other two turtles had some big issues that I couldn’t ignore. Donatello wears those old school nerdy glasses just to put emphasis that he is the smart one of the group. Seriously, why did he need those glasses other than for the simple fact that he is suppose to look nerdy and smart. The other turtle, Michelangelo comes off as a ‘wigga’ and is very annoying. I know the character is silly and suppose to be the comic relief but here he’s just aggravating to watch. 

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLESThat’s not only the film’s issues as the humans of the film are terrible. A lot of people (myself included) were very upset about the casting of Megan Fox as April O’Neil. Megan Fox is a very attractive woman and is eye candy for any straight man but the woman just can’t act. Many times in the film, she is suppose to look worried or scared but has the same stupid look on her face. And April’s counterpart, Vern Fernwick (Will Arnett) is pretty bad too. I generally like Will Arnett but here he is just so annoying. None of his “jokes” are ever funny and come off as lame or stupid. I like Arnett a lot too (see: Arrested Development) but is completely wasted here. 

The villains in the film are wasted and never feel threatening or even fleshed out. Early on, I was under the impression that William Fichtner was suppose to be Shredder. The good news is that isn’t the case as Fichtner just plays a scientist. Yet he’s not playing Baxter Stockman, Fichtner plays an entirely new character in the form of Eric Sacks. I enjoy Fichtner very much as an actor but is playing it too serious here.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLESThe other major issue with the film is the tone. It’s a movie about giant turtles! It’s not suppose to be that dark and gritty, it’s suppose to be a bit more fun. It’s clear that the film tries to do both styles and the tone is very inconsistent. Similar to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the film is trying to be a more serious, gritty Ninja Turtles film yet it wants to be fun and silly at other points. The film is trying to make its cake and eat it too.

Yet the good news about the film is that unlike, Transformers: Age of Extinction, it’s pretty short. Clocking in at about an hour and 40 minutes, the film never feels boring or as awful as it could have been. The main issues I had with Age of Extinction are that the film is too long, never focuses on the robots, the action was boring and that the humans were annoying.

In the case of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the film’s action is very exciting and is pretty spectacular. The mountain sequence in the snow is pretty cool to watch and never overstays its welcome. The main issue with the film ultimately is the human element of the story, the dumb humor, the unnecessary changes in the Turtles’ origins, and the predictable plot that you’ve seen before. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are indeed back but the film isn’t terrible, it’s just a middle of the pack movie.

Rating: C-

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Actor Robin Williams dies at 63 years old

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A truly sad day for anyone who loved film, entertainment, or humor in general as the great actor, Robin Williams died today. The Oscar-Winning actor was found dead in his California home. The reported death is according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office-Coroner Division and his press representative. It’s being reported that the actor died of an apparent suicide due to depression. The actor’s death was reportedly “a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made”.

This is shockingly saddening news that the actor would commit suicide because he was one of the most thoughtful, humorous, and aspiring actors that was currently working. The actor’s most notable roles include Dead Poets SocietyGood Morning Vietnam, Jumanji, the Night at the Museum series, the Genie in AladdinMrs. Doubtfire and Good Will Hunting. Robin Williams is one of the greatest actors I’ve ever seen work in Hollywood and will be missed by many. Below is a scene from Dead Poets Society where Williams gives one of the best scenes about life I’ve ever seen and the park scene from Good Will Hunting. Both powerful scenes that will make fans and humans sad about this shocking news. Rest in Peace Robin Williams

First Look: ‘Breaking Bad’ spin-off ‘Better Call Saul’

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It’s been almost a year since the final season of Breaking Bad premiered on AMC and for the fans that would love some more Walter White, this is the best that we’ll get. With an ending so perfect, why try to look at the future when a new show can look at the past of a fan favorite. I’m talking about the sleazy lawyer, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) who is getting his own show from Vince Gilligan and the original Breaking Bad crew. It’s a brief look at the show but it’s the first look we’ve gotten in video form of the new show.

For fans of the original show (such as myself), I’m cautiously optimistic for this new show. We’ve seen spin-off shows fail time and time again but this new show does include Vince Gilligan which gives me some hope. From AMC’s standpoint, they haven’t had much success with new shows as only The Walking Dead and Mad Men are really the network’s only hits at the moment. Hell on Wheels hasn’t gained much ratings traction and Halt and Catch Fire has been critically a success but hasn’t made a ratings dent. For me, TV isn’t the same without that Blue magic Breaking Bad had provided. Shows like Game of ThronesTrue DetectiveMad MenFargo, House of CardsOrange is the New Black, and The Strain have been great but it’s hard to forget about Heisenberg and the show I consider to be the greatest of all time. Better Call Saul has high expectations from fans and here’s hoping it delievers. Better Call Saul will premiere February 2015 and the brief teaser is below.

The series is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and, often, against Jimmy, is “fixer” Mike Ehrmantraut, a beloved character introduced in ‘Breaking Bad.’ The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts “criminal” in “Criminal lawyer.” The series’ tone is dramatic, wove with dark humor