Turtles, Guardians Prove Openers Expendable
By John Hamann
August 17, 2014
Sixth is Into the Storm, a film that got blown away during its second weekend at the box office. After opening to a decent $17.3 million last weekend, Into the Storm went into the cellar, earning only $7.7 million, good for a drop of 55%. Made for $50 million, this one is still going to be okay even when it doesn’t match its budget domestically, as overseas dollars should make up for the shortfall. So far, Into the Storm has earned $31.3 million.
Seventh is The Hundred Foot Journey, which held up well during this frame. After opening to $11 million last weekend, the Helen Mirren starrer earned another $7.1 million this weekend, declining a not bad 35% in the process. The adult drama has pulled in $23.6 million against its already small $22 million budget, putting it in a very good position going forward as it has yet to be released overseas.
Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy, which is now in its fourth successful weekend, finished in eighth place. Lucy earned another $5.3 million, falling 44% and bringing its domestic total up to $107.5 million. It crossed the $100 million mark on Tuesday, its 19th day of release. Lucy has also picked up over $30 million overseas from only a handful of territories, doing it all against a budget of only $40 million.
Ninth is Step Up All In, which surprisingly stays in the top ten for two weekends. After debuting to a soft $6.5 million, Step Up All In dipped an expected 58% this weekend, earning $2.7 million. Its domestic total is now $11.8 million, but the money for this franchise is overseas. Step Up All In has earned $37 million overseas prior to the start of the weekend.
Tenth is the good news story of the week, as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood – which is supposed to be strictly an art house film – made the top ten this weekend. Boyhood, Linklater’s critically adored 12-years-in-the-making masterpiece, earned $2.2 million from 771 venues this weekend. Made for only $4 million, Boyhood has already earned $13.8 million after six weekends of limited release. It also increased 9%, the only title in the top 10 to do so.
Overall, we are back to being stagnant at the summer box office. The top 12 films this weekend earned an estimated $128.8 million, which is a 6% increase from the same weekend in 2013’s total. Last year, the top 12 earned $121.4 million on the strength of Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Next weekend brings three new titles, including Sin City: A Dame to Kill For from Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, If I Stay, the teen drama with Chloë Grace Moretz, and the sports drama When The Game Stands Tall.