Box office roundup: July 6 – Transformers makes competition extinct

transformers-4-age-of-extinction-nicola-peltz1. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $36 million [2nd week; $174.7 million in total] Benefiting from some of the season’s weakest competition, the fourth installment of the “Transformers” saga easily retained the top spot this week, becoming the first film since “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” to actually retain its No. 1 ranking in consecutive weeks.
Transformers: Age of Extinction [Blu-ray]

Tammy-Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon2.Tammy – $21.2 million [debut week; $32.9 million since Wednesday opening] Melissa McCarthy’s star power dragged this critic punching bag to second place. McCarthy co-wrote this one with her husband, Ben Falcone, but it wasn’t enough for her to come close to taking down Optimus Prime and company. In her previous two headlining films, “Identity Thief” and “The Heat,” McCarthy helped bring in $34 million and $39 million respectively in the typical three-day weekend period. “Tammy” took two more days to reach that number so the long term prospects for this aren’t great, but it’s already made back its $20 million budget.

3. Deliver Us From Evil – $9.5 million [$15 million] Eric Bana’s horror film looked like it wasn’t going to make the Top 5 as of Friday, but it surged Saturday to sneak in to third place.

4. 22 Jump Street – $9.4 million [4th week; $160 million in total] – This weekend’s haul for the 2014 comedy hit marks a career best for star Channing Tatum. His previous high was “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” which earned $150 million in 2009.
22 Jump Street (2 Discs) [Blu-ray]

5. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $8.7 million [4th week; $140 million in total] Despite direct competition for the family audience dollar, Hiccup and Toothless held steady and remained the top choice for families and is just a day off from making back its $145 budget with its domestic haul.

earth-to-echo6. Earth to Echo – $8.2 million [debut week; $14 million since Wednesday opening] Derided as a poor man’s “E.T.” meets “Iron Giant,” critics weren’t biting on Relatively’s family film. But with a $13 million budget, the film has already brought in a profit so you’ve gotta figure that was the bottom line for this movie.