BOX OFFICE REPORT
June 3-5, 2016
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
Out of the Shadows
|$35. 2 million|
|X-Men: Apocalypse||$22.3 million|
|Me Before You||$18.2 million|
|Alice Through the Looking Glass||$10.6 million|
|The Angry Birds Movie||$9.7 million|
The turtles might have come out of the shadows, but they did not have turtle power on their side. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows debuted with $30 million less than the 2014 reboot, which has continued the trend of this year's underwhelming sequels (Civil War excluded). Part of that can be attributed to how many people disliked the last movie, though critics and audiences generally found this one to better. There will still be plenty of merchandise that kids will buy, so Paramount will be fine, but this is definitely not what they were expecting.
X-Men: Apocalypse experienced the worst drop of any full X-Men movie, sliding 66.1 percent for a pretty dreadful $22.3 million. It's likely to only top out at $150 million, which puts the entire franchise in question. That was still better than Alice Through the Looking Glass, which is unlikely to even reach $75 million, or the very meh Angry Birds Movie, which still hasn't even broken $90 million.
But the big success story of the week is definitely Me Before You. The very British romance about a paralyzed former playboy and his quirky caretaker did very well, taking in $18.2 million. It only cost $20 million to make and the heavily female audience gave it an A rating. With almost no other romantic films on the horizon, this could be the sleeper hit of the summer.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: The Witness, a documentary about the 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese. It only opened on one screen in New York, but made $15,000.
- Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping tanked harder than Conner4Real's second album. Though Stephen hated it and I loved it, audiences stayed far away. The film debuted at No. 8 with only $4.6 million. That's even lower than cult classic Hot Rod, which opened with just $5.3 million in 2007.
- Zootopia became the second movie of 2016 to join the $1 Billion Club.
Expect another so-so weekend. There are three movies opening: two sequels and one video game adaptation that's got disaster written all over it. The Conjuring and Now You See Me were two of the biggest surprises of 2013. Neither really called for a sequel, but here we are. I think The Conjuring 2 takes the top spot with $30 million, while Now You See Me 2 finds No. 2 with $26 million. That leaves Warcraft to be the costly misfire it appears to be. I think it only makes $20 million, if that.