For the first true weekend of the summer, it was really slow at the box office. Sequels ruled the weekend even though they didn’t pull in a ton of money, and it was four green shell-backs who brought in the most cash. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows led the domestic weekend box office by pulling in $35 million, but the focus is on Disney who watched their animated hit Zootopia cross the $1 billion mark worldwide.
The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles did really well, and it easily brought forth a sequel that some critics feel is actually the superior film. Unfortunately, it didn’t show in the opening weekend box office numbers as it pulled in close to a 46 percent drop from the original in 2014.
Box Office Mojo is reporting that the total brought in by Out of The Shadows in its opening weekend is about on par with what other sequels snag to start.
Another sequel that isn’t doing as well is Alice Through the Looking Glass, which is just at $50.77 million after its second weekend, and brought in just over $10 million for fourth place. Some believe this has to do with it being a sub-par sequel to a sub-par original film.
Others are saying that it could have a lot to do with the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard domestic issue saga that has been all over the news in the past two weeks.
Disney has a lot to be happy about, though, as Captain America: Civil War is continuing to dominate as it has grossed $1.13 billion worldwide now and is joined in that club by yet another Disney flick. Zootopia hit the $1 billion mark worldwide this weekend, and The Jungle Book will cross over $900 million at some point this week.
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Coming in second place at this weekend’s domestic box office is X-Men: Apocalypse, which has now earned over $402 million worldwide. Marvel and Fox are going to have no issues producing more films in this franchise as it continues to earn more than its budget and bring in a lot of money.
Dramatic newcomer Me Before You shocked a lot of people as it landed in third place with $18.27 million in its opening weekend. Emilia Clark and Sam Claflin have to be happy with what the film did domestically, but it also earned the number one spot in the U.K. with $2.7 million.
The estimated numbers for the Top 10 this weekend are as follows:
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – $35.25 million
2. X-Men: Apocalypse – $22.325 million
3. Me Before You – $18.27 million
4. Alice Through the Looking Glass – $10.691 million
5. The Angry Birds Movie – $9.775 million
6. Captain America: Civil War – $7.591 million
7. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising – $4.7 million
8. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping – $4.63 million
9. The Jungle Book – $4.247 million
10. The Nice Guys – $3.5 million
Full and final numbers will be out on Monday.
It’s going to be interesting to see how these films do next week when two big sequels and a summer blockbuster hit theaters. Warner Bros. is bringing forth The Conjuring 2 and Lionsgate is releasing the magically-inclined Now You See Me 2.
Universal will release Warcraft on Friday, and it is likely going to win the box office, but it has been slammed by most critics and currently has just a 19 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
With tent-pole films and big blockbusters hitting theaters in March, October, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, the summer months are no longer the big film money makers. The weekend box office is hurting right now as a $35 million haul from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is nothing to really brag about. Disney keeps bringing the hits, but sometimes even they have clunkers as has been shown with Alice Through the Looking Glass.
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