'Transformers' crushes 'Tammy', 'Evil' to lead weekend box office
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 cousin.
"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.
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 Rentrak.
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 home. Continued...