Transformers: Age of Extinction showed no signs of going extinct at the holiday weekend box office, adding another $36.4 million to its till and bringing its total earnings to $174.7 million in two weeks. None of the new movies came close to topping the weekend box office champ from last week, although Melissa McCarthy’s Tammy did pretty well coming in second.
McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone co-wrote the Tammy screenplay and Falcone made his directorial debut and the opening haul of $21.1 million is not too shabby for a Fourth of July weekend where the top movie involves Transformers!
Third place belonged to another new movie, the based-on-a-true-story horror flick Deliver Us From Evil. Its opening weekend take was $9.5 million, which was followed just behind it in fourth place by 22 Jump Street and its $9.4 million. Incidentally, the comedy that gave us those hilarious 22 Jump Street quotes has made $158.9 million in its month of release.
Closing out the top five was How to Train Your Dragon 2 and its $8.8 million. That animated sequel has now banked a total of $140 million.
The other new release for this Fourth of July weekend did not fare as well as expected. Earth to Echo was thought to be the go-to for families looking for some safe film fare, but it got beat by How to Train Your Dragon 2, even though it had been out for four weeks! Earth to Echo had to be satisfied with its $8.2 million and sixth place finish.
Box office top 10:
1. Transformers: Age of Extinction, $36.4 million
2. Tammy, $21.2 million
3. Deliver Us From Evil, $9.5 million
4. 22 Jump Street, $9.4 million
5. How to Train Your Dragon 2, $8.8 million
6. Earth to Echo, $8.2 million
7. Maleficent, $6.1 million
8. Jersey Boys, $5.2 million
9. Think Like a Man Too, $4.9 million
10. Edge of Tomorrow, $3.6 million