crushes 'Tammy', 'Evil' to lead weekend box office
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[July 07, 2014]
By Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) -
"Transformers: Age of Extinction" collected $36.4 million in ticket
sales over the three-day July 4 weekend, storming ahead of new films
"Tammy," "Deliver Us From Evil" and "Earth to Echo" to lead the U.S.
and Canadian box office for a second consecutive weekend.
The special effects-laden blockbuster, starring Mark Wahlberg
and a cast of form-changing robots, had the year's biggest
opening weekend a week ago with $100 million in sales.
The comedy "Tammy," starring Melissa McCarthy as a fast food
worker who has a very bad day, was second with $21.2 million,
according to studio estimates. Horror film "Deliver Us from
Evil" generated sales of $9.5 million for third place.
"Transformers: Age of Extinction" has enjoyed a huge worldwide
reception, generating more than $212 million in China alone,
where it had a flashy star-studded premiere. The film has
generated more than $575 million globally, according to box
office tracking firm Rentrak. "Tammy" fell short of industry
experts' $24 million estimate on the heels of weak reviews. The
film, which received a "fresh" rating from only 29 of 111
reviewers tabulated by Rotten Tomatoes, was written by McCarthy
and her husband Ben Falcone, who also directed.
The movie, made for a relatively inexpensive $20 million,
features a high voltage cast including Susan Sarandon as Tammy's
grandmother, Dan Aykroyd as her father and Kathy Bates as a
"Deliver Us From Evil" stars Australian actor Eric Bana as a New
York City cop who solves a case which he believes involves the
devil. The movie is based on the investigative experiences of
New York policeman Ralph Sarchie, who developed a knowledge of
demonology which he used in many cases.
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The buddy comedy "22 Jump Street", starring Jonah Hill and Channing
Tatum as undercover cops in college, took the No. 4 spot with ticket
sales of $9.4 million in its fourth weekend in movie theaters. It
has totaled nearly $159 million at the box office, according to
Rounding out the top five, animated "How to Train Your Dragon 2"
took in $8.75 million, ahead of the PG-rated action adventure "Earth
to Echo" which totaled $8.25 million. The movie tells the story of
three young friends who are directed by signals on their cell phones
to a small friendly alien robot that they need to help find his way
Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom, distributed "Transformers: Age
of Extinction." "Tammy" was released by Time Warner's studio Warner
Brothers. Sony distributed "Deliver Us from Evil" and "22 Jump
Street." "Earth to Echo" was distributed by Relativity Media.
(Reporting By Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud; Editing by Mark
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