Box Office: Bad movies break out as “Turtles” top $64, “Storm” hits $18

boxA Big Saturday followed a very big Friday and those poorly-reviewed, weakly Cinema-scored (film fans are walking out of it less than thrilled) “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” look to pocket $64 65million or so, when all the Cowabungas are counted Sunday night. That’s a shock.

And while is ensures that a limp summer at the box office is finishing with a bang, it kind of buries “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which fell off to a $42 million or so second weekend.

“Into the Storm,” with even worse reviews than “Turtles,” exceeded expectations and will pull in about $18 million.

“The Hundred Foot Journey” improved enough Friday-Saturday to now sit at $11 million+, a bit better than expected. Pity that audience didn’t go see “Get On Up,” as the very good James Brown bio pic fell off 63% from its opening and got passed by a pitiable “Step Up” installment. Kids these days.

“Guardians” should clear $200 million by next weekend, where it will join “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” in that exclusive club. “Apes” should clear that mark by Tuesday or Wed.

Further down the charts, audiences have given up on Woody Allen’s latest, “Boyhood” seems to have peaked and NOBODY went to James Cameron’s 3D science project in the deep blue sea.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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