Weekend Wrap-Up

Screen Gems’ Deed Snaps Box Office Out of Doldrums

By John Hamann

September 14, 2014

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Fourth spot goes to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which will seemingly never go away. TMNT earned another $4.8 million this weekend, giving the Paramount reboot a drop compared to last weekend of 26%. Made for $125 million, the successful retooling of the franchise has now crossed the $300 million mark worldwide, with $181 million of that coming from the domestic side.

Fifth is Let’s Be Cops, another film propelled upward because there is simply nothing else out there to take its spot. Let’s Be Cops earned another $4.3 million this weekend, down a tidy 23% compared to last weekend. Made by Fox for only $17 million, this has been a top five film for five weekends, and now has a (ridiculous) running total of $73 million.

In sixth is The Drop, the Tom Hardy/Noomi Rapace/James Gandolfini drama that debuted this weekend at only 803 venues. The Drop managed $4.2 million from those theaters this weekend, a not-bad debut from what is essentially an art house release. Distributed by Fox Searchlight, The Drop was made for $12 million and is written by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone). It received extremely strong reviews, earning an 88% fresh rating at RottenTomatoes. If there is a film to recommend out there this weekend, it is likely this one, as this is a good, gritty film with a strong final performance from Gandolfini.

If I Stay tumbles from fourth last weekend to seventh this weekend. The Chloe Moretz starrer earned $4.1 million this weekend, giving the Kleenex-puller a drop of 27%. Still, the $11 million weeper is a strong earner for Warner Bros., as it has a domestic gross so far of $44.9 million.


The rest of the top ten are the leftovers from a sad late August/early September that we would all like to forget. Eighth is The November Man with Pierce Brosnan. It earned $2.7 million, fell 36%, and has a total now of $22.5 million against a $15 million budget. Ninth is The Giver, the movie based on the YA novel. The Weinstein Co. release earned another $2.6 million, declined 23%, and now has a total of $41.3 million.

Tenth this weekend goes to The Hundred-Foot Journey, Helen Mirren’s leggy entry into the late summer box office. The Disney distributed film earned $2.5 million in its sixth weekend of release, and has now pulled in $49.4 million against a $22 million budget.

In other box office news this weekend, The Weinstein Company debuted The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby on four screens, with the Jessica Chastain/James McAvoy flick earning $77,200, or $19,300 per screen. Finally, the Kristen Wiig starrer The Skeleton Twins debuted at 15 theatres, and pulled in $411,000j.

Overall this weekend, we have shaken off last weekend, but the box office is still struggling to match what happened last year. The top 12 films this weekend pulled in $78.8 million, 12% behind the $89.5 million earned last year when Insidious Chapter 2 opened to $40.3 million. Next weekend should bring some strength, as The Maze Runner opens, along with Kevin Smith’s Tusk, Liam Neeson’s A Walk Amongst The Tombstones, and This Is Where I Leave You, the comedy with Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda.

Top Weekend Box Office for 9/12/14-9/14/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 No Good Deed $24,500,000 New $24,500,000
2 Dolphin Tale 2 WARNER BROS. $16,550,000 New $16,550,000
3 Guardians of the Galaxy Disney $8,041,000 - 22% $305,926,000
4 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Paramount $4,800,000 - 26% $181,041,000
5 Let's Be Cops Fox $4,300,000 - 23% $72,972,400
6 The Drop FOX SEARCHLIGHT $4,200,000 New $4,200,000
7 If I Stay Summit Entertainment $4,050,000 - 27% $44,937,000
8 The November Man Relativity $2,750,000 - 36% $22,495,377
9 The Giver Weinstein Co. $2,626,000 - 23% $41,329,400
10 The Hundred-Foot Journey Disney $2,461,000 - 22% $49,409,000
11 When the Game Stands Tall Sony $2,375,000 - 30% $26,550,000
12 As Above/So Below Universal $2,100,360 - 46% $19,106,035
  Also Opening/Notables
  Atlas Shrugged Pt. 3 Atlas Distribution $475,000 New $475,000
  The Skeleton Twins Roadside Attractions $385,000 New $385,000
  My Old Lady Cohen Media $133,601 New $156,255
  The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Weinstein Co. $77,181 New $77,181
  The Green Prince Music Box Films $38,000 New $38,000
  Take Me To the River Abramorama $25,329 New $25,329
  The Identical Freestyle $425,000 - 73% $2,600,000
  Last Days In Vietnam American Experience/pbs Films $22,150 - 27% $63,388
  Love Is Strange Sony Classics $380,248 + 49% $1,275,987
  The Expendables 3 Lionsgate $900,000 - 51% $38,250,000
  Lucy $1,553,940 - 21% $123,504,315
  Magic In the Moonlight Sony Classics $463,183 - 27% $9,915,903
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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