Rounding out the July 4th weekend, Transformers: Age of Extinction dominated over its competitors again, 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.
In no big surprise at all, Transformers: Age of Extinction took home the gold for the July 4th weekend. However, it was one of the weakest box office weekends for Independence Day ever. Down 30 percent from last weekend, the box office only mustered up $120 million among all of the films in theaters. That’s almost as Transformers made lat weekend. Extinction might has well frozen over with a 63 percent drop in audience, taking away $37.05 million. Despite being the first movie to obtain the top spot for a second time in a row since Captain America: The First Avenger, Extinction doesn’t even come close to its Transformers predecessors. The first Transformers only fell 47.5 percent, Revenge of the Fallen 61.2 percent, and Dark of the Moon 51.9 percent. Perhaps making a decent movie does count for something, what do you think Michael Bay?
Debuting in second place, Tammy grossed 21.57 million. Regardless of that low number for a summer comedy, Melissa McCarthy still shines as a box office draw as the film made back its production budget in one fell swoop. However, Tammy doesn’t even come close to McCarthy’s previous follow ups to Bridesmaids as 2013’s Identity Thief only made $34.5 million in its first weekend and The Heat earned $39.11 million.
22 Jump Street is still holding on strong and crossed the $150 million mark for its total domestic gross this weekend. Hauling an additional $9.8 million for itself, which continues to put distance between the original and the sequel.
Deliver Us From Evil debuted in fourth this weekend. The horror genre is not favoring well this year and Evil did not help that forefront. Earning $8.96 million and receiving rather disappointing reviews, Mr. Derrickson will have to be on his A game if he wants to impress audiences with his Doctor Strange movie from Marvel Studios.
Rounding out the top five was How to Train Your Dragon 2. The little animated film that could is still raking in cash, but at the same time reaching its slow death. With Planes: Fire & Rescue due out soon, Dragon 2 is all but ready to be taken out to pasture. By next weekend, its domestic gross should make up its production budget, but it has come no where near the original’s total gross of $217 million back in 2009.
Also debuting this weekend was Earth to Echo. Making $8.36 million, the found footage E.T. kids film did well considering its cheap budget and unknown actors.
And finally, Snowpiercer made a big push into more theaters this weekend in 250 theaters. The movie averaged about $4 thousand per theater and took home $1 million for the weekend. Not bad.
(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.
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Source: Box Office Mojo