I'm writing this in the aftermath of a devastating draw in the US-Portugal match, which was extremely disappointing. Still, I'm proud of the US team and we're in really good shape for the match against Germany on Thursday and we should still advance out of the group. Meanwhile, the box office was pretty quiet this weekend. Sony's Think Like A Man Too topped the charts with a decent $30 million, which is actually a step down from its predecessor (the 2012 film opened to $33.6 million). However, there was certainly less competition for that film, which opened in April. The film also received an "A-" Cinemascore and is budgeted modestly at $24 million, so the film should still be a big success. A third film may be in the cards. Look for a review of this one on Tuesday.
Not far behind was 22 Jump Street, which finished in second place with $29 million. By the time all is said and done, Jump Street could end up in first place, but for now it is estimated to have finished in second. The R-rated comedy took only a 49% drop, which is pretty good for a movie targeted at teens and young adults. 22 Jump Street has now taken in $111.4 million and will likely finish with $180 million. That's an extraordinary result. Even though the end credits promise otherwise, expect 23 Jump Street in the near future.
In third place was Dreamworks' How To Train Your Dragon 2, which grossed a lackluster $25.3 million this weekend. Typically, animated films will have really good holds, but Dragon 2 is just not having the luck. Maybe it's the dark tone. Maybe it's the fact that the movie is not all that good. All I know is that How To Train Your Dragon 2 has only taken in $95.1 million and will likely end up with $155 million. That's a severely disappointing result.
Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys finished in fourth place with $13.5 million. The final tally for the musical biopic was slightly above tracking and the "A-" Cinemascore points at good things for this film in the future. Many pointed out that this film did a lot of matinee business and made very little money at night. 71% of the audience was over the age of 50. However, this film should end up being a modest success with good word of mouth in the future.
Disney's Maleficent finished in fifth place this weekend with $13 million. The horrendous fantasy film has now taken in a shocking $185.9 million. I'm honestly baffled by the amount of money this movie has made. Is Angelina Jolie really that much of a box office draw? It just makes no sense. The film has also caught on internationally. The total worldwide gross for Maleficent is $521.5 million. Very impressive and saddening at the same time. Now, let's talk about a film that I love. Edge of Tomorrow ended up in sixth place with $10.3 million. The sci-fi thriller has had exceptional legs and with $74.5 million in the bank already, this film should make it to $100 million.
The Fault in Our Stars also took only a small dip this weekend, finishing in seventh place with $8.6 million. Amazingly, this film has not yet crossed $100 million and its total currently stands at $98.7 million. That should change in a day or two. In eighth place was X-Men: Days of Future Past, which took in $6.2 million to raise its total to $216.7 million. The stellar blockbuster should finish with $230 million.
Chef finished in ninth place this weekend, taking in $1.8 million, which was enough to raise its total to $16.9 million. This film has had great word of mouth and will likely finish with at least $30 million. Finally, Godzilla rounded out the top ten with $1.8 million. The monster flick has now grossed $194.9 million and will end up falling short of $200 million.
Next weekend sees the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction. Here are my predictions:
1. Transformers: Age of Extinction- $104.5 million
2. Think Like A Man Too- $15.5 million
3. 22 Jump Street- $14.9 million
4. How To Train Your Dragon 2- $13.5 million
5. Jersey Boys- $9.1 million
6. Maleficent- $8.9 million
7. Edge of Tomorrow- $7.9 million
8. The Fault in Our Stars- $4.3 million
9. X-Men: Days of Future Past- $3 million
10. Chef- $1.7 million