Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which featured no surprises except for the strong showing of “Cantinflas”, the biopic of the Mexican comedy star. Released in a scant 382 theaters, it finished 12th, ahead of more established titles such as “Into the Storm” and “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.”
Also, the underground (literally) horror flick “As Above, So Below” had a top 5 debut. That is excellent for a Labor Day weekend release, which rivals the first week of January as a cinematic wasteland/respite. This is when everyone goes outside before summer heads to hospice care.
These numbers, as always, are estimates. Put on safety goggles and rubber gloves before handling.
1.) “Guardians of the Galaxy,” $16.3M. You know at some point, some dope is going to name their kid Star-Lord, right?
2.) “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” $11.8M. This won’t be a true success until Corey Feldman, the voice of Donatello in the 1989 original, finds a way to capitalize on its popularity.
3.) “If I Stay,” $9.3M. My critic pal Nick Schager once remarked that there are too many movies he wants to punch in the face. Here’s my choice for summer 2014.
4.) “As Above, So Below,” $8.4M. And it was halfway decent, which is a bloody triumph for a Labor Day weekend release. Trust me. I remember “Getaway.”
5.) “Let’s Be Cops,” $8.2M. Given the current social climate, let’s not.
Rounding out the top 10: “The November Man,” “When the Game Stands Tall,” “The Giver,” “The 100-Foot Journey,” and “The Expendables 3.”
Source: Box Office Mojo