The Fourth of July weekend might have brought fireworks, but the holiday box office didn't close with a big bang.
With no new popcorn blockbusters opening, “
The fourth entry in Paramount’s
"Transformers" is the first summer flick to hold the No. 1 spot for two consecutive weeks, and it has generated nearly $175 million after just 10 days of release. After this weekend's bounty, the film has logged more than $400 million in international ticket sales.
New Line Cinema’s
"Tammy" put a twist on the buddy road trip film. McCarthy plays the shameless title character who, after an awfully bad day that includes getting sacked at work and finding out her husband is having an affair, decides to hit the road with her boozy grandmother (Susan Sarandon).
The R-rated comedy, which cost $20 million to make and was co-written by McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone (he also directed the film), opened to largely negative reviews, but the actress has proven to be a reliable box-office draw since her breakout in 2011's "Bridesmaids."
Last year McCarthy anchored
Although it was highly unlikely that "Tammy" was going to give the hulking robots of "Transformers" much competition, the film's solid opening leads the small slate of new offerings debuting this week.
"We're really happy with 'Tammy.' This was a $20-million production and it was homegrown by Melissa and her husband Ben," said Dan Fellman, the studio's president of domestic distribution. "It's a nice start for us. We're in good shape and there's a lot of summer left."
Landing in No. 3 was another new film. “Deliver Us From Evil,” the supernatural crime flick
Between the holiday falling on a Friday and the lack of a big event film, opening box office receipts were remarkably thinner than in recent years. In comparison, "Despicable Me 2," which opened during the Fourth of July weekend in 2013, debuted with a whopping $83.5 million.
"It was definitely a lack of content this weekend," Fellman said. "'Transformers' did $36 million [over the weekend]; we did a little over $21 million and it was a big gap between the second and third movie. This weekend just wasn't as strong in terms of variety. But there are years you have great summers and difficult Christmases. And years where summer doesn't work but Christmas does."
In its fourth week,
The family film "How to Train Your Dragon 2," in its fourth week, pulled in $8.75 million over the weekend, bringing its total gross to $140 million.
Despite largely favorable reviews and a drought of family films,
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