Magazine article Screen International

Turtles Stay Afloat in US on $28M

Magazine article Screen International

Turtles Stay Afloat in US on $28M

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Paramount and Nickelodeon Films' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held on to pole position in the second weekend in North America as The Expendables 3 limped in at number four through Lionsgate on $16.2m.

Turtles brought in an estimated $28.4m for $117.6m through Paramount after a 57% slide to keep Marvel Studios' Guardians Of The Galaxy in second place.

The latter added $24.7m to reach $222.3m and $419m worldwide after three sessions. It ranks as the sixth biggest US release so far in 2014 after crossing $200m on its 15th day on Friday (August 15).

Guardians overtook the final lifetime tallies of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on $203m and Thor: The Dark World on $206m and passed Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor last week.

There were three new releases, led by Fox's comedy Let's Be Cops with Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans at number three on $17.7m, The Expendables 3 at number four through Lionsgate on $16.2m and TWC's YA adaptation The Giver starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep in fifth place on $12.8m.

The Expendables 3 delivered the weakest debut of the franchise. The Expendables opened at number one on $34.8m in August 2010 while the second episode arrived top on $28.6m in August 2012.

Boyhood surged back into the top 10 in its sixth session through IFC, which added 265 theatres for 771. The coming-of-age drama from Richard Linklater grossed $2.2m for $13.8m.

Speaking of IFC, the distributor released Michael Winterbottom's The Trip To Italy starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on $71,600 from three sites for a lofty $23,867 average. …

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