Weekend Box Office: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lands Surprisingly High Number One

By Scott Gwin 2014-08-10 17:17:39discussion comments
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Some movies hit theaters and prove that no matter how bad the movie is, no matter how many critics point out its copious flaws, and no matter how disappointing the trailers might be, audiences with a notable lack of taste and common sense will still turn up to watch the drivel explode like cinematic diarrhea off the screen and through their 3-D glasses. It's also interesting to note how many of those movies involve Michael Bay.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the latest to fit that description. Despite terrible trailers, devastation at the hands of critics (19% at Rotten Tomatoes with the few positive reviewers packing their reports with plenty of shameless caveats and excuses) and creepy CGI nostrils, the movie hit an industry shocking $65 million first place this weekend. Apparently that was good enough for Paramount who jumped on the chance to announce a sequel which will roll out in less than two years. That's right boys, strike while the iron's hot, before these poor slobs realize just how bad your movie really is.

Guardians of the Galaxy dropped to second place following their record breaking opening weekend. The movie added $41 million to its solid $175 million domestic total and additional $137 million in foreign sales to date. At this point it's outpacing Transformers 4 domestically, but has yet to show the kind of international staying power of the robots in disguise. It's also lining up to outperform this year's fellow comic book entry The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but will likely fall short of Captain America 2's success.

Deciding it was time to use the latest technology to update Twister, Warner Brothers released Into The Storm and got a big slap from audiences for their trouble. Serving as something as a nail in the disaster-flick genre's coffin, the movie opened with just $18 million, less than half what Twister made when it opened to the tune of $41 million back in 1996 when the average ticket price was almost half what it is today.

The Step Up movies have been an exercise in pushing a concept well beyond the point that anyone even cares and the latest installation, Step Up All In, proved that the franchise is, indeed, at least two movies past its expiration date. Each entry has made notably less money than the last and the fifth movie has hit rock bottom, banking a miserable $6 million sixth place.

Helen Mirren's latest offering The Hundred-Foot Journey rounded out this weekend's new releases with a quiet debut, earning just $11 million and the number four spot.

For the full weekend top ten breakdown, check out the chart below:

1.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) *   $65,000,000 Total: $65,000,000 LW: N     
THTRS: 3,845
2.
Guardians of the Galaxy    $41,531,000 Total: $175,922,000 LW: 1    
THTRS: 4,088
3.
Into The Storm *   $18,015,000 Total: $18,015,000 LW: N     
THTRS: 3,434
4.
The Hundred-Foot Journey * $11,123,000 Total: $11,123,000 LW: N     
THTRS: 2,023
5.
Lucy    $9,331,000 Total: $97,354,000 LW: 2    
THTRS: 3,147
6.
Step Up All In * $6,575,000 Total: $6,575,000 LW: N     
THTRS: 2,072
7.
Hercules (2014)    $5,700,000 Total: $63,461,000 LW: 4    
THTRS: 2,896
8.
Get On Up    $5,012,000 Total: $22,927,000 LW: 3    
THTRS: 2,469
9.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes    $4,400,000 Total: $197,834,000 LW: 5    
THTRS: 2,306
10.
Planes: Fire & Rescue    $2,419,000 Total: $52,950,000 LW: 6    
THTRS: 2,280

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