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Box office: 'Expendables' falters, 'Turtles' to cross $100 million

Third time not the charm for 'The Expendables 3.' The geezer action franchise sequel tanked Friday
'Expendables 3' looking expired, may lose to 'Let's Be Cops' at box office

The third time doesn't look to hold much charm for "The Expendables 3." The geezer action sequel pulled in an estimated $5.9 million in the U.S. and Canada through Friday, down 44% from the 2012 opening of "The Expendables 2" and behind box-office holdovers "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Guardians of the Galaxy."

"Turtles" dropped 69% compared with a week ago, taking in an estimated $7.9 million so far in its second weekend. The modestly budgeted kiddie pic should cross the $100-million mark in the U.S. and Canada on Saturday, having already grossed more than $200 million worldwide. Yes, a sequel is already in the works.

Disney and Marvel’s "Guardians of the Galaxy" pulled in nearly $7 million Friday, putting it on target for a $24-million weekend and a three-week total of $221 million for the U.S. and Canada. The movie has grossed more than $500 million worldwide.

Critics trashed "The Expendables 3," but its core audience gave it an A- grade with market research firm Cinemascore. Still, not enough fans turned out, and the movie could finish the weekend behind the low-budget buddy comedy "Let's Be Cops." That film, starring Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as pals pretending to be police officers, opened Wednesday and already has a three-day take of $14 million. Critics hated it even more than "The Expendables 3," and moviegoers gave it a middling B grade with Cinemascore.

The weekend's other major debut, "The Giver," an adaptation of Lois Lowry's 1993 Newbery-winning young adult novel, opened Friday to an estimated $4.7 million. Given its pedigree, the movie disappointed many critics, some of whom lamented the ways that it departed from the source material. "The Giver," which received a B+ Cinemascore rating, appears on target for a $12-million weekend.

Meanwhile, Richard Linklater's beloved coming-of-age story, "Boyhood," expanded into 771 theaters, giving it a chance to finish in the top 10 at the box office. The movie is looking at a three-day total of $2 million, which would put its overall total at $13.6 million.

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