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By Daniel Garris

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took in $6.67 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. Paramount's high-profile franchise re-launch was down 63 percent from Sunday's performance. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles surpassed the $70 million mark yesterday and has grossed a stronger than expected $72.25 million in four days. The film has already out-grossed the $54.15 million final domestic gross of 2007's TMNT and is currently running an impressive 18 percent ahead of the $61.12 million four-day start of 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy placed in second with $5.34 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation was down 58 percent from Sunday and down a respectable 54 percent from last Monday. Guardians of the Galaxy continues to exceed its lofty expectations with a very strong eleven-day take of $181.86 million. That places the film 12 percent ahead of the $162.35 million eleven-day take of Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year.

Warner's Into the Storm claimed third place with $1.70 million. The modestly budgeted disaster film fell 61 percent from Sunday's performance. Into the Storm continues to perform in line with expectations with a four-day take of $19.05 million and is set to surpass the $20 million mark today. The film is currently running 71.5 percent ahead of the $11.11 million four-day take of fellow disaster film Pompeii earlier this year.

The Hundred-Foot Journey took fourth place with $1.27 million. The modestly budgeted drama from Disney and DreamWorks starring Helen Mirren was down 58 percent from Sunday. The Hundred-Foot Journey has grossed $12.25 million in four days. That is in line with the film's modest expectations and places the film 8 percent ahead of the $11.33 million four-day start of Million Dollar Arm earlier this year.

Universal's Lucy followed closely behind in fifth with $1.23 million. The modestly budgeted sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson was down 56 percent from Sunday and down 47 percent from last Monday. Lucy has grossed $98.74 million in 18 days and is set to surpass the $100 million domestic mark either today or Wednesday.

Lionsgate's Step Up All In finished in sixth with $0.68 million. The fifth installment of the dance film franchise was down 55 percent from Sunday. Step Up All In has grossed a disappointing $7.15 million in four days, which places the film 46 percent behind the $13.20 million four-day start of 2012's Step Up Revolution.

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By Alex Edghill

Tuesday Morning Update: The Giver began the week in the top Twitter slot amongst the upcoming openers: 7,627 tweets, down 8% from Sunday's take. On the Facebook front its somewhat of a laughable affair as the official website links to a dead page and there doesn't appear to be any official page on the service. For a young adult novel adaptation this has surely done a very poor job and using social media to boost buzz leading up to release. That being said, the film had its premiere streamed to 250 theaters on August 11th which helped to temporarily boost buzz on Twitter, as such I wouldn't be surprised to see its numbers see the smallest incline of any of the three new openers by the end of the week as this buzz wanes. By comparison, The Host had 2,494 tweets its Monday before release and Divergent had 54,315. Early reviews have been leaning positive but without much bigger levels on interest its going to miss the mark with its core demographic of teens and anything more than low to mid double digits will be a stretch.

The Expendables 3 started its week with 5,300 tweets, up 57% from 3,379 tweets on Sunday. Facebook doesn't offer any useful insight here since, like most sequels, its reusing its original page and has an eye-popping 9 million+ likes. Unfortunately the film was leaked online a couple weeks ago which will no doubt affect some of its potential tally. By comparison, The Expandables had 3,131 tweets its Monday before release while The Expendables 2 had 8,471. It would seem as though franchise fatigue is setting in here when looking at the buzz levels between the third and second installment, and in light of the leaked DVD copy of the film I think this is not going to come close to approaching $30 million.

Lastly, Let's Be Cops had 5,171 tweets on Monday, more than double its Sunday tally of 2,298 tweets. Facebook has been a different story though as it has only managed 55k likes so far which is pretty paltry. By comparison, Sex Tape had 2,474 tweets and over 500k likes while Tammy had 1,027 tweets and 236k likes. It has engaged fans well on Twitter with chats with the stars and other promotions but its Facebook engagement has clearly been lacking. This opens on Wednesday which means its early buzz and word of mouth could go a long ways towards ensuring a big weekend tally. I believe it has the potential to take top spot amongst the new films but will need to see a big explosion in tweets and/ore Facebook to earn the crown.

Twitter Top 15 Movies for Monday August 11th

 

Rk Film Sun Mon Sun-Mon %
1 (+1) Guardians of the Galaxy 54,355 47,344 -12.90%
2 (-1) If I Stay 67,568 35,412 -47.59%
3 (-) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) 22,828 15,133 -33.71%
4 (+67) Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 110 9,881 8882.73%
5 (-) The Giver 8,334 7,627 -8.48%
6 (+7) The Expendables 3 3,379 5,300 56.85%
7 (-3) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 8,589 5,275 -38.58%
8 (+9) Let's Be Cops 2,298 5,171 125.02%
9 (+1) Transformers: Age of Extinction 4,847 4,823 -0.50%
10 (-4) 22 Jump Street 6,886 4,726 -31.37%
11 (-2) Maleficent 5,153 3,842 -25.44%
12 (-1) Step Up All In 4,834 3,630 -24.91%
13 (-5) Into the Storm 5,419 3,489 -35.62%
14 (+2) Before I Go to Sleep 2,483 3,253 31.01%
15 (+4) Avengers: Age of Ultron 1,979 2,975 50.33%

 

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By Daniel Garris

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles broke out in a big way this weekend with a stronger than expected first place take of $65.58 million. It had been widely expected that Paramount's high-profile franchise re-launch would find itself in a close battle with Guardians of the Galaxy for first place this weekend, but it ultimately won this weekend's box office race with absolutely ease. Following in the footsteps of Guardians of the Galaxy last weekend, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles marks another high-profile surprise break-out performance. The strong performances of the two films were much needed after the relatively weak month of July at the box office.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opened a massive 170 percent stronger than the $24.26 million debut of 2007's TMNT and has already out-grossed the $54.15 million final domestic gross of that film. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles delivered the fourth largest opening weekend performance ever in the month of August (behind only Guardians of the Galaxy, 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum and 2001's Rush Hour 2). The film took in $25.60 million on Friday (which included an estimated $4.6 million from evening shows on Thursday), fell 13 percent on Saturday to gross $22.16 million and declined 20 percent on Sunday to gross $17.81 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.56 to 1.

The audience breakdown for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles skewed towards male moviegoers (61 percent) and moviegoers 25 years and older (55 percent). The film received a so-so B rating on CinemaScore.

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy placed in a strong second with $42.12 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation was down 55 percent from last weekend's break-out debut. That represented a very solid second weekend hold for a film of this size, especially given the stronger than expected launch of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed an exceptional $176.52 million through ten days of release. That places the film an impressive 11 percent ahead of the $158.88 million ten-day take of Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year (which fell 57 percent to gross $41.27 million during its second weekend of release). With its current percentage lead over Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the aid of strong word of mouth, Guardians of the Galaxy has a very strong chance at this point of eventually out-grossing The Winter Soldier to become the highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically.

Warner's Into the Storm opened in third with $17.35 million. The modestly budgeted disaster film debuted in line with its modest pre-release expectations and performed respectably given the combined performances of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy. The film opened 68 percent stronger than the $10.34 million launch of fellow disaster film Pompeii earlier this year.

Into the Storm grossed $6.53 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.8 million from evening shows on Thursday), decreased a slim 1 percent on Saturday to gross $6.44 million and fell 32 percent on Sunday to gross $4.38 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.66 to 1. The audience breakdown for Into the Storm skewed towards female moviegoers (58 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (71 percent). Like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Into the Storm also received a so-so B rating on CinemaScore.

The Hundred-Foot Journey also opened in line with its modest expectations this weekend with a fourth place debut of $10.98 million. The modestly budgeted drama from Disney and DreamWorks served as counter-programing to all of the fan-driven event films currently in the marketplace. The Hundred-Foot Journey opened slightly ahead of the $10.52 million start of Million Dollar Arm earlier this year.

The Hundred-Foot Journey opened with $3.66 million on Friday, increased 17.5 percent on Saturday to gross $4.30 million and fell 30 percent on Sunday to gross $3.01 million. That gave the film an encouraging opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.998 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (59 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers 26 years and older (87 percent). The Hundred-Foot Journey received a strong A rating on CinemaScore and will hope to hold up well throughout the month of August, in part from continuing the serve as counter-programming to the month's current and upcoming fan-driven releases.

Universal's Lucy rounded out the weekend's top five with $9.49 million. The modestly budgeted sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson was down 48 percent from last weekend. While the film's holding power thus far hasn't been the greatest, Lucy continues to exceed expectations and is now on the verge of reaching the $100 million domestic milestone with a 17-day take of $97.51 million.

Lionsgate's Step Up All In was off to a disappointing sixth place start with just $6.47 million. The fifth installment of the dance film franchise debuted below its already modest expectations and a disappointing 45 percent below the $11.73 million debut of 2012's Step Up Revolution. Step Up All In received a B+ rating on CinemaScore. It should be noted that the film is performing significantly stronger overseas than it is domestically.

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gotg-poster.pngGuardians of the Galaxy led the overseas box office once again after claiming a $40.1 million haul from 50 territories outside of North America. The film is up to $137.3 million overseas and $313.2 million worldwide. The top overseas market continues to be Russia, which has already grossed $23.9 million in two frames. Other top markets include the UK ($22.8M), Mexico ($13.4M) and Brazil ($10.5M).

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes grossed $29.5 million from 8,329 screens in 61 markets. The film has already surpassed the lifetime overseas cume of its predecessor ($307.7M) with its current $308.2 million tally outside North America. The film has grossed $505.9 million worldwide.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles launched across 19 territories in a day-and-date debut that brought in $28.7 million from overseas and a global haul of $93.7 million. The biggest overseas bow came from Russia, which registed an $11.1 million opening weekend to finish in second place in the market behind Guardians of the Galaxy.

Transformers: Age of Extinction entered into Top 10 films of all time in overseas box office after adding $17.4 million from 58 territories to its cumulative haul outside of North America. The film is now up to $789.3 million overseas and $1.03 billion worldwide.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 soared to a $319.4 million overseas cume after grossing $11.5 million from 34 markets., The film has taken in a total of $489.4 million globally.

Into the Storm opened day-and-date in 19 overseas markets along with North America. The film’s overseas haul finished at $8.3 million. It has made $26.3 million globally.

22 Jump Street brought in $4.2 million from 41 markets to raise its overseas total to $108.8 million. The comedy has grossed $298.2 million worldwide.

The Purge: Anarchy took $3.9 million from 35 territories to take its overseas total up to $27 million. The film has grossed $95.5 million worldwide.

Planes: Fire and Rescue delivered $3.5 million from 30 territories in its fourth weekend of release. The animated film has grossed a total of $37.5 million outside of North America and $90.4 million globally.

Step Up All In hit theatres in Germany on the same weekend with North America. The film added $2.6 million from 430 screens overseas to reach a $37.7 million cume outside of North America. The film’s global gross is $44.2 million.

Neighbors welcomed another $2.5 million from 19 territories and reached an $111.7 million overseas cume this weekend. The film has grossed a total of $261.6 million worldwide.

Sex Tape took a $1.9 million debut from Mexico, leading the way for a $5.8 million weekend across 35 markets. The raunchy comedy has now grossed a total of $25.9 million worldwide.

Blended earned another $1.6 million from 40 markets, finishing with a $75.2 million cume overseas. The comedy has grossed $121.1 million worldwide.

The Fault in our Stars grossed $1.2 million from 23 markets to take its overseas cume to $143.5 million. The film has grossed a total of $267.3 million worldwide.

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