Monday Box Office Report: Ninja Turtles cowabungle at the box office

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The sequel to 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles big screen remake may be subtitled Out of the Shadows, but it would seem that most Americans didn’t even want to get out of their homes to go see its debut this past weekend. In what was an extremely slow movie going weekend, TMNT 2 oozed its way to the top of a very underwhelming US top 10 with $35.25 million – which is just about half of what its predecessor earned on its debut.

And continuing the negative trend, in the second week of its US run, X-Men: Apocalypse experienced a way worse than expected 66% slump. If it keeps up its current pace, it’s expected to only finish its entire domestic run in the $160-165 million range. To put that into perspective, predecessor X-Men: Days of Future Past eclipsed that in just 10 days. To make it even more damning, Captain America: Civil War exceeded that in just its opening weekend.

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X-Men still managed to hold on to the second spot though, but that was only thanks to nearly everybody else underperforming even worse. Alice Through the Looking Glass continued its flailing tumble down the box office rabbit hole, while new entry Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island’s comedy parody Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping unfortunately never even started. Despite some fairly good reviews, the film absolutely bombed in its debut, only managing to scrap up a measly $4.63 million. Popstar? More like Flopstar.

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You may have noticed in the previous paragraph though that I said NEARLY everyone underperformed, as there was one bright spot to be found on the charts this week. Flying in the fact of just so-so reviews, romantic drama Me Before You had a relatively exceptional debut with $18.2 million. Throw in a couple more millions it made on the foreign market and the movie has already made its $20 million budget back with plenty of change. As to the secret to its success when everything around it was tanking, Me Before You stars fan favourite actors Emilia Clarke and Sam Clafin, and is also based on a popular novel by Jojo Meyers, which more than likely boosted its appeal significantly.

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Here’s what’s happening on the rest of the charts.

  • 01. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – $35.25 million (NE)
  • 02. X-Men: Apocalypse – $22.32 million (LW: 2)
  • 03. Me Before You – $18.27 million (NE)
  • 04. Alice Through the Looking Glass – $10.69 million (LW: 2)
  • 05. Angry Birds – $9.75 million (LW: 3)
  • 06. Captain America: Civil War – $7.59 million (LW: 4)
  • 07. Bad Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising – $4.7 million (LW: 5)
  • 08. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping – $4.63 million (NE)
  • 09. The Jungle Book – $4.24 Million (LW: 6)
  • 10. The Nice Guys – $3.52 million (LW: 7)

The biggest exit from the Top 10 this week is undoubtedly Disney’s Zootopia. The movie may have dropped to 14th place with just $790 000, but after 17 weeks in theatres, that was enough to have it cross the $1 billion mark globally. Zootopia is only the fourth animated movie of all time to cross this mark, after Disney’s Frozen ($1.27 billion), Universal/Illumination’s Minions ($1.15 billion) and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 ($1.06 billion), and is only the second film of the year to also achieve this milestone after Captain America: Civil War ($1.13 billion). Clearly, Disney is swimming in Scrooge McDuck levels of money right now.

(LW = Last Week, NE = New Entry)

Last Updated: June 6, 2016

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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