Weekend box office: Tammy can’t beat Transformers
I don’t know if Melissa McCarthy is a powerhouse comedienne yet, but the actress is consistently opening her own movies to legitimate box office success. Her latest effort, TAMMY, was all McCarthy, all the time and audiences seemed to have liked it to the tune of over $20 million at the weekend box office for the three day weekend and over $30 million for the 5 day weekend. Not bad for a modestly budgeted film. However, it wasn’t enough to dethrone last week’s #1 film, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, which continues its success, much to the chagrin of critics everywhere. The other new films of the weekend did moderately well. The horror film DELIVER US FROM EVIL couldn’t break $10 million, which is a little surprising since there was zero box office competition in terms of horror. And the found footage film EARTH TO ECHO managed to do slightly better, which isn’t bad for a film without any star power.
Next week sees the release of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, which I wasn’t very excited about, but the film has been getting insanely positive reviews (I’ve even seen a few critics give it a perfect score), so now I’m anxious to see what all the fuss is about. I don’t think it will be a surprise if the film does well, but if fans warm to it the way critics have, it might be one of the summer’s big winners. It’s a good weekend all around for critics as the acclaimed BOYHOOD from Richard Linklater also gets released. Apes should have no problem taking the top spot since Transformers should be sputtering out by next weekend. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Transformers: Age of Extinction $38.5m
2. Tammy $22.2m
3. How To Train Your Dragon $9.9m
4. 22 Jump Street $9.7m
5. Earth To Echo $9.5
6. Deliver us From Evil $8.9m
7. Maleficent $8.5m
8. Jersey Boys $6.3m
9. Think Like a Man Too $4.8m
10. Edge of Tomorrow $3.6m