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Guardians of the Galaxy tops another slow weekend

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It’s official Guardians of the Galaxy is now the highest grossing film of the year but considering just how slow the year has been it’s not surprising. Last year three movie made more the Guardians did at this point. So far the box office has been the worst in almost 20 years. Not a single film has grossed more than $300 hundred million and it looks as if Guardians is the only one going to do so until November comes around.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is continuing to impress and is currently well above expectations but even then $166.4 million isn’t anything to special when it comes to blockbusters. It is doing much better than the first G.I. Joe, which was released at the same time, but not as great as Transformers, another Bay production.

In third place is Let’s Be Cops, which is still over performing considering to horrid reception. With $10.6 million and nearly $60 million total, Let’s Be Cops managed to make back much more than the limited budget and can be considered a success even if it didn’t receive good reviews.

Even this weekends new releases didn’t make a dent. The November Man seemed to be riding off the goodwill of the Taken franchise but didn’t make nearly the money that both of those movies received. As Above, So Below failed to to gross anything of note and even for a horror movie in a summer deprived of horror movies this movie didn’t register well with it’s intended audience.

With Intersteller, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies coming out the box office should make a comeback in a way but this just might be one the worst years for movie, box office wise, that I have seen in a while.

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy Returns to the Top of the Box Office

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This weekend was a down weekend for the box-office. Each weekend so far provide some much needed business but not this weekend. Guardians of the Galaxy managed to return to the number one spot at the box office with 17.1 million, after two weeks of losing to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The new releases this weekend didn’t do anything to lend to the already bad summer. If I Stay opened at number 3 with 16.3 million. The biggest failure this weekend was Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (read my review here). It opened at 6.3 million, nearly 13 million under tracking. I don’t see a third film anytime soon consider the budget was anywhere between 50 and 70 million.

The biggest surprise this weekend was the impressive hold of Let’s Be Cops (read my review here). It dropped only 38% to a good 11 million. Considering the horrible reviews I was expecting something much steeper but then again it shows that critical dismissal doesn’t always translate to terrible box office returns.

This officially ends the summer box office. This year has been the worst at the box office in a long time. No film surpassed the 300 million dollar mark domestically and the highest grossing domestic release sits at 251 million. Hopefully the rest of the year can improve but if not than it should be noted that big budget films are slowly becoming irrelevant.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sequel in the Works

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After the success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the box office this weekend, Paramount has decided to move forward with a sequel to this critical panned film. Already set for a summer release of 2016.  Michael Bay is set to come back and produce this sequel while the question remains if Jonathan Liebesman will return. I wasn’t interested in this movie but it seemed to hit the mark. Kids seemed to love it but not every audience member was that enthusiastic about it, considering that it had a ‘B’ CinemaScore. Time will tell how the sequel will do but I guess I’m not surprised by the news.

The sinister Shredder has seized control of New York City’s police and politicians, leaving his ruthless Foot Clan to spread chaos in the streets. With no prospects for salvation in sight, mutant crime-fighters Raphael, Leonardo , Donatello, and Michaelangelo leap into action. They put up a fierce fight, too, though in order to truly defeat Shredder, the heroes in a half shell will need the help of courageous reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her quick witted cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) as well. With their help, Shredder’s plan will quickly unravel, and this once-great city will rise again.

Honest Trailer for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze”

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Screen Junkies has a way of making fun of movie but pointing out the flaws at the same time. Only days before Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is released for our viewing pleasure, the guys over at Screen Junkies bring their brand of comedy to show just how toned down and bad this movie was and that movie is Teenage Mutant Ninjas Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze.

I remember watching the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but don’t remember a damn thing about the other ones. I wasn’t a fan of the first one so my opinion on those movies aren’t great and I haven’t ever wanted to return to those movies. I still don’t wanna see the new Ninja Turtles anymore than I do those movies, so my inner child won’t have to sit through another outing  of Teenage Turtles.

Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman. Starring Megan FoxPete PloszekAlan RitchsonNoel FisherJeremy HowardWilliam FichtneDanny WoodburnWill ArnettJohnny Knoxville, and Tony Shalhoub. Produced by Platinum Dunes Studio and disturbed by Paramount Pictures.

Just how bad is this summer’s Hollywood box-office slump?

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Just from my experience the summer blockbusters this year have been slightly miserable. I haven’t them all but I saved myself from certain movies and took close looks at what I saw. Every big movie in May opened really high and dropped off like a rock. June had a few hits while a big box office failure by the name of How to Train Your Dragon 2 and that’s surprising to me. So far Edge of Tomorrow, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes are my favorite blockbusters to come out but one isn’t doing well box office wise and the other only just started it’s run. Films are starting to become more expensive and lasting theaters for only a couple weeks. Now most movies make a lot of money opening weekend and then drop significantly. With budgets so high and marketing matching the budget, it take more money to make the studio profit. Movies like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 cost more than 250 million dollars and only making 700 million doesn’t work well in the end. The invest the studio are putting into these movies aren’t paying off as one would expect. Could this be the decline of the big budget movie or just a fluke? To me it might just be a fluke but I don’t know at this point.