Top 10 movies at the weekend box office (08/17/14)Loading
  • TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
    TOP 10 MOVIES AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

    Moviegoers continued to shell out for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," while Sylvester Stallone's action ensemble "The Expendables 3" was easily out-gunned in its weekend debut.

    "Expendables 3," which features a sprawling cast of Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and others, also leaked online before its release, potentially damaging its impact in theaters.

    After box-office returns well off the pace of last summer, Hollywood has made a slight comeback in August, typically a dumping ground for studio leftovers. The summer overall is still running at a 15 percent deficit from last year's record-breaking season, but the gap had once been above 20 percent. August is up 14 percent on last year.

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    Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.

    Text by The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times

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  • TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
    1. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," $28.4 million ($25.6 million international).

    Paramount Pictures' rebooted reptiles took in $28.4 million in the film's second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That far surpassed the limp $16.2 million earned by Stallone's gang of aged but buff warriors.

    Industrial Light & Magic / Paramount
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
    2. "Guardians of the Galaxy," $24.7 million ($33.1 million international).

    Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" came in second with $24.7 million, bringing its three-week cumulative total to $222 million for distributor Walt Disney. Along with the Nickelodeon Movies-produced "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," the cosmic romp starring Chris Pratt has helped restore some strength to the summer box office. Sequels are already in the works for both films.

    Jay Maidment | Marvel Studios
  • Film Review Lets Be Cops
    3. "Let's Be Cops," $17.7 million ($650,000 international).

    Opening in third place was the 20th Century Fox buddy comedy "Let's Be Cops," starring Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. It took in $17.7 million.

    Frank Masi | AP
  • Expendables 3
    4. "The Expendables 3," $16.2 million ($15 million international).

    The paltry, fourth-place total for "The Expendables 3" is well below previous debuts in the Lionsgate franchise. The last two "Expendables" opened with $34.8 million (in August 2010) and $28.6 million (in August 2012). The third film was the first to be rated PG-13 in the previously R-rated series, which potentially signaled watered-down explosiveness to an audience that was largely over 25, anyway.

    Phil Bray
  • THE GIVER
    5. "The Giver," $12.8 million.

    Also debuting was the Lois Lowry adaption "The Giver," a dystopian young-adult tale starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. The Weinstein Co. release opened with an estimated $12.8 million.

    David Bloomer
  • INTO THE STORM
    6. "Into the Storm," $7.7 million (6.7 million international).

    A town is ravaged by deadly tornadoes while storm chasers try to obtain a once-in-a-lifetime shot in this found-footage-style thriller. With Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies and Matt Walsh.

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  • THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY
    7. "The Hundred-Foot Journey," $7.1 million.

    A promising young chef and his family, who have been displaced from India to the South of France and opened their own restaurant, come into conflict with the icy proprietress of a classical French restaurant in this movie based on the novel by Richard C. Morais. With Manish Dayal, Helen Mirren and Om Puri.

    Francois Duhamel
  • Lucy
    8. "Lucy," $5.3 million ($22 million international).

    The offspring of a shotgun marriage between Carl Sagan and Quentin Tarantino starring Scarlett Johansson, "Lucy" is part philosophical/scientific treatise, part action movie, a film that goes from mayhem to boredom in a heartbeat.

  • STEP UP 5
    9. "Step Up All In," $2.7 million ($3 million international).

    A high-stakes dance contest in Las Vegas brings together crews from previous installments of the "Step Up" franchise. With Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan and Stephen "Twitch" Boss.

    James Dittger
  • Boyhood
    10. "Boyhood," $2.1 million.

    Writer-director Richard Linklater couldn't have known where 12 years of shooting this story would lead, following a boy and his family (played by Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and Lorelei Linklater) across time. But we are blessed that he did, because it has resulted in an extraordinarily intimate portrait of a life unfolding and an exceptional, unconventional film in which not much else occurs. Never has so little meant more.

    Matt Lankes
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