Rounding out the weekend of June 29, 2014, Transformers: Age of Extinction dominated over its competitors, leaving the box office battlefield victorious. Each week, combatants enter the cinematic war zone, bloodthirsty for your cash. Box Office Aftermath is an ongoing column dedicated to recapping the weekend’s total ticket sales.
Lighting the summer box office on fire this past weekend, Transformers: Age of Extinction claims the top spot and replaces Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the highest grossing debut for a 2014 film with $100.03 million. Age of Extinction went on to earn $315 million worldwide, which is slightly behind Dark of the Moon ($317.66 million). However, Age of Extinction opened $3 million higher than Dark of the Moon domestically, but is second behind Revenge of the Fallen ($108 million).
Suffice it to say, moviegoers are nowhere near close to being fatigued by the franchise. However, with how poorly reviewed and exhausting this movie is, the fifth film may find trouble holding on – unless they really find a draw in the next installment.
22 Jump Street held on tight to second place with $15.84 million. The film even increased its theater count by 120. The $50 million budgeted comedy sequel has now earned $140 million domestically and there isn’t a doubt in my mind that a sequel would not be inevitable. This weekend 22 Jump Street also surpassed its predecessor’s domestic total of $138 million.
And speaking of sequels, How to Train Your Dragon 2 can’t seem to find its
wings legs that kept the original afloat. Claiming the third spot yet again, Dragon 2 earned $13.23 million, bringing its domestic total to $121 million. The film has earned $220 million worldwide. For how well reviewed the film may be, I just can’t comprehend why it is doing so poorly, especially with how little animated films there are this summer.
Dropping a large 64.7 percent in audience this weekend, Think Like a Man Too fell from first to fourth. Walking away with $10.31 million, it would appear that most of the fans and moviegoers who wanted to see the film already have. It also seems as though it will make considerably less than Think Like a Man which made $91 million in its run. It currently is sitting at $48.08 million.
And finally, Maleficent won’t let go of fifth place as she rakes in $8.37 million. This live-action Disney spectacle may be the reason why children are not seeing HTTYD2. Perhaps the more female driven fantasy is taking away the audience of the male centric dragon epic? Maleficent crossed over the $200 million mark this weekend too.
(Click the image below to enlarge the charts. All figures are domestic box office results.)
Until the next weekend bout, this has been your Box Office Aftermath.
Find me on the Twitter @TyRawrrnosaurus
Source: Box Office Mojo