Weekend Report (cont.): 'Hundred-Foot Journey,' 'Step Up' and Around-the-World Roundup

by Ray Subers
The Hundred-Foot Journey

August 10, 2014

<< Continued from "Weekend Report"

The Hundred-Foot Journey
opened in fourth place with $11 million. That's a bit higher than May's Million Dollar Arm; unfortunately, it paled in comparison to similar August releases like Eat Pray Love ($23.1 million) and Julie & Julia ($20 million). With strong word-of-mouth and an audience that skews much older (69 percent over the age of 35), this should hold up well: a total close to $40 million is possible.

Rounding out the Top Five, Lucy fell 48 percent to $9.5 million. To date, the Scarlett Johansson/Luc Besson thriller has grossed $97.5 million, and will pass $100 million sometime this week.

Step Up All In
tanked with $6.5 million this weekend. That's down 45 percent from the previous installment, which was already the lowest-grossing outing in the franchise. Even with solid international returns, it would be surprising if a sixth Step Up got a theatrical release here in the U.S.

Lionsgate/Summit has released six movies at over 2,000 locations this year. Aside from Divergent—which was obviously a huge success—the other five have all debuted below $10 million.

Despite good reviews and solid word-of-mouth ("A" CinemaScore), Get On Up got crushed in its second weekend. The James Brown biopic fell 62 percent to $5.2 million, which brings its total to $23.1 million.

A Most Wanted Man
fell 32 percent to $2.2 million, and has now earned $10.4 million total. Meanwhile, Richard Linklater's Boyhood expanded to 507 theaters and added $1.97 million. The movie has now taken in $10.5 million, and will continue its expansion next weekend.

James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge 3D
opened to $149,879 at 304 theaters, which translates to a horrible $493 per-theater average.

Daniel Radcliffe/Zoe Kazan rom-com What If earned $133,898 from 20 theaters. In comparison, Kazan's Ruby Sparks opened a bit higher than that in just 13 locations. Ruby Sparks ultimately closed with $2.5 million, which would be a disappointing result for What If. Radcliffe should help give the movie a boost as it expands in to more theaters, but this is still a weak start for the movie.

Around-the-World Roundup

Guardians of the Galaxy
added $40.1 million overseas, which brings its early total to $137 million. Its only significant new territory was Australia, where it took first place with $6 million ($8.2 million including previews). It still has six major markets left to open; next weekend, it expands in to France and Spain.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
opened to $28.7 million this weekend; its only major markets were Russia ($11.1 million) and Mexico ($6.9 million). Both of those are strong debuts that rival recent major releases like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Turtles brand is internationally recognizable, and the movie seems conceived of with foreign moviegoers in mind; while there's not quite enough data at this point, it still seems like $300-million-plus is a likely outcome.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
added $29.5 million this weekend. That includes a very good $6.2 million start in Germany. The movie has now earned $306.1 million overseas, which is ahead of Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($305 million). With China and Japan on the way, Dawn will have no problem topping $400 million overseas.

Transformers: Age of Extinction
reached its final major markets this weekend. It scored $6.3 million in Japan (on par with the second installment) and $2.8 million in Spain. Overall, it's now earned $789.3 million overseas, which ranks ninth all-time ahead of Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

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This Weekend's Forecast:
Forecast: Will 'Ninja Turtles' Take Down 'Guardians' This Weekend?

This Weekend in Past Years:
• 2013 - Audiences Travel to 'Elysium' Over Crowded Weekend
• 2012 - 'Legacy' Debut Keeps 'Bourne' Franchise Alive
• 2011 - 'Apes' Clings to Top Spot, 'Help' Cleans Up
• 2010 - 'Expendables' Pump Up, 'Eat Pray Love' Pigs Out, 'Scott Pilgrim' Powers Down
• 2009 - 'G.I. Joe' Doesn't Roll Snake Eyes
• 2008 - 'Dark Knight' Still Ablaze in Fourth Week
• 2007 - 'Rush Hour 3' Packs Less Punch
• 2006 - 'Step Up' Stands Out, 'World Trade Center' Sturdy in Third

• 2005 - 'Four Brothers,' 'Skeleton Key' Bury 'Deuce Bigalow'

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