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"Expendables," "Giver" Underwhelm At Box-Office

By Garth Franklin Sunday August 17th 2014 01:54PM

After a late Summer surge saw "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" open way above expectation, things came crashing down to Earth this week with the release of three films which opened a bit soft at the U.S. box-office upon release.

Of the trio, the one good performer was the Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr.-led R-rated comedy "Let's Be Cops" which came in third with $17.7 million over the weekend. Thanks to a Wednesday opening, it's already at $26.1 million after five days - surpassing its $17 million production budget.

Next was the "The Expendables 3" in fourth with $16.2 million for the weekend. That's considerably down on the $34.8 million and $28.6 million opening weekend of the first two films. The weakest reviews of the franchise, the switch to a PG-13 rating and the online leak of a DVD screener all probably didn't help much .

In fifth came "The Giver," the film adaptation of the acclaimed 1993 young adult novel. Despite high profile names like Jeff Bridges and Meryl Steep. That managed just $12.8 million.

'Guardians' and 'Turtles' are both still going strong. The Marvel film remains in second place with $24.7 million, its total now crossing the $200 million domestic and $400 million worldwide markers this weekend. In fact, the film looks likely to surpass the $259 million domestic that "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" earned to become the year's highest grossing film domestically.

"Ninja Turtles" saw a 57% drop but still held onto the top spot with $28.4 million. It has scored around $117 million so far domestically. It's international rollout is being staggered though so those results won't be out for some time. Last week's tornado disaster film "Into the Storm" saw a similar 57% drop in its second outing with a further $7.7 million this weekend.

Holding well though were the Helen Mirren-led "The Hundred-Foot Journey" which dropped just 35% and came in seventh with a further $7.1 million. Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" expanded and made it into the Top 10 with a $13.8 million gross, the second-highest grossing film to date for distributor IFC Films behind only "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."

On the limited release front, "The Trip to Italy" did robust business with $24,000 per screen across three screens. The Aubrey Plaza-led "Life After Beth" pulled in $18,000 from one screen. "Magic in the Moonlight" and "What If" on the other hand expanded to just under a thousand screens each but didn't do much business.

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