"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" ruled the box office for the second week and "Guardians of the Galaxy" was runner-up in its third week, leaving three very different new films — "Let's Be Cops," "The Expendables 3" and "The Giver" — fighting for the remaining spots in the top five.
"Ninja Turtles" brought in an estimated $28.4 million in the U.S. and Canada for a cumulative total of $117.6 million. "Guardians" made an estimated $24.7 million over the weekend for a new total of $222.3 million.
"Let's Be Cops" came in third, bringing in an estimated $17.7 million for the weekend. Having opened last Wednesday to largely unfavorable reviews, the weekend's haul brings the film's total to $26.1 million.
“We know how this film plays, critics be damned. People enjoy this movie,” said Chris Aronson, head of domestic distribution for
The film stars Jake Johnson and
"At the end of the day, this has nothing to do with that," Aronson said. "This is a total farce, it's a comedic setup and to make the connection is I think just ridiculous."
Aronson noted that "we're very sensitive to the situation and we did follow," but as events unfolded throughout the week, the marketing and release of the film were already well in motion. "The ship had sort of sailed at that point. There was nothing we could do at that point. So for us it was, fingers-crossed."
In fourth place for the weekend was “The Expendables 3” with an estimated $16.2 million. The third installment in the action franchise was the first to be rated PG-13 rather than R, but the opening was the weakest yet. The combined box-office appeal of
Coming in fifth place was "The Giver," an adaptation of Lois Lowry's 1993 novel directed by Phillip Noyce, with an estimated $12.8 million.
With "Divergent" opening earlier this year to more than $54 million and the next installment of the "Hunger Games" franchise waiting in the wings, the results for "The Giver" could add fuel to concerns that audiences can take only so many young-adult novel adaptations.
“I don’t think there’s young-adult fatigue,” said Erik Lomis, head of theatrical distribution for the
Lomis added: "You'd love to have a 'Hunger Games,' but this is not 'Hunger Games.' This is something different."
The top 10 also included "Into the Storm" in its second week with an estimated $7.7 million for a cumulative total above $31 million. "The Hundred-Foot Journey," also in its second week, brought in an estimated $7.1 million for a cumulative total of nearly $24 million. "Lucy" in its fourth week brought in an estimated $5.3 million for a cumulative total of more than $107 million. "Step Up All In" in its second week grossed $2.7 million for a new total of nearly $12 million.