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Turtles Are (Finally) Cooked, Me Before You Surprises, Popstar Flops

By John Hamann

June 5, 2016

It's like all of a sudden people realized they didn't want to see gross versions of ninja turtles.

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Is Me Before You the next Love Story? It doesn’t look like it, even though films like this are review proof. Critics were actually kinder than I thought they would be, leaving Me Before You at 54%, but top critics were more disapproving with a 39% rating. The key to a film like this is the Cinemascore, as really good scores could indicate a summer phenomenon. It scored an A, but so did Fault in our Stars, and that film had an opening-to-total multiplier of only 2.6. Me Before You does have more of a chance to build an audience, though, as it didn’t break out as far as Fault did opening weekend.

Alice Through The Looking Glass is fourth, and the news does not improve for Disney. The Johnny Depp flick earned only $10.7 million in weekend two, giving it a nasty drop of 60% from its $26.9 million opening frame. Like X-Men, Alice needs a half-billion to succeed theatrically, and with a domestic gross so far of $50.8 million, Alice would be extremely lucky to make it to $100 million stateside, which means it’s going to need a lot more than the $176.3 million worldwide it has so far.

The Angry Birds Movie is fifth, and it is another film just not getting the expected holds from weekend to weekend. In its third frame, The Angry Birds Movie earned $9.8 million but fell 48% compared to last weekend, when it lost 51% of its opening weekend total. So far, the $73 million film has earned $86.7 million domestically and is doing fine overseas, picking up over $196 million overseas.

Captain America: Civil War is sixth as it enjoys its fifth weekend of release. Civil War pulled in another $7.6 million this weekend, dropping 50%. Civil War has been the most bulletproof of the releases so far this summer, and has been rewarded with a domestic gross of $388.9 million and an overseas gross beyond $740 million.

Popstar: Never Stop Stopping is seventh and our lowest opener, despite being the best reviewed. The Andy Samberg flick earned only $4.6 million over its opening weekend, lower than the $5.3 million that Samberg’s Hot Road earned in 2007. The budget here is $20 million, so this is very quickly in trouble. Hopefully the 78% fresh rating and B Cinemascore can get it out of some trouble.




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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is eighth, and is another sequel that had a questionable greenlight and an unsurprising response. Neighbors 2 earned $4.8 million this weekend and declined 50%. It has a running total of $48.6 million.

The Jungle Book is ninth, as Disney still represents three times in the top ten. The Jon Favreau flick earned another $4.2 million in its eighth weekend, and has a gross to date of $347.5 million. It's coming up on $900 million domestically.

Tenth goes to The Nice Guys, who oh so often finish last. The Nice Guys earned $3.5 million in weekend three and fell 46%. The Russell Crowe/Ryan Gosling experiment has failed with a gross to date of $29.1 million.

Overall, the box office is somewhat on the ropes, but it won’t stay down for long. The top 12 films this weekend could only muster $124.3 million, but like last weekend, last year’s results struggled as well. A year ago, Spy disappointed, and led the top 12 to $124.9 million, virtually the same as this year's total.

Next weekend, things should start to lift, but the reign of sequels doesn’t stop. At least next weekend’s are better choices. The Conjuring 2 looks to improve on the original’s opening weekend of $41.9 million, and early reviews are strong. Also opening is Now You See Me 2, which is getting more of a mixed response from critics, much like the original. The final opener is original but based on a video game, in the form of Warcraft, from Source Code director Duncan Jones. Combined, these three films could open to $150 million, but the way the box office is going so far, studios will be happy with $75 million.


Top 12 for Weekend of June 3-5, 2016
Rank
Film
Distributor
Estimated Gross
Weekly Change
Running Total
1 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Paramount 35,250,000 New 35,250,000
2 X-Men: Apocalypse 20th Century Fox 22,325,000 -66% 116,498,232
3 Me Before You Warner Bros. 18,270,000 New 18,270,000
4 Alice Through the Looking Glass Walt Disney Company 10,691,000 -60% 50,772,597
5 The Angry Birds Movie Sony 9,775,000 -48% 86,677,726
6 Captain America: Civil War Walt Disney Company 7,591,000 -51% 388,940,157
7 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Universal 4,700,000 -50% 48,560,255
8 Popstar: Never Stop Stopping Universal 4,630,000 New 4,630,000
9 The Jungle Book Walt Disney Company 4,247,000 -40% 347,469,661
10 The Nice Guys Warner Bros. 3,520,000 -46% 29,120,850
11 Love & Friendship Roadside Attractions 2,160,120 -11% 7,042,494
12 Money Monster TriStar 1,810,000 -58% 38,249,410

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