Box office roundup – June 29, 2014 – “Transformers 4” has highest opening of 2014

Paramount Pictures  Grimlock and Optimus Prime in "TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION."
Paramount Pictures
Grimlock and Optimus Prime in “TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION.”

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $104 million [debut week] – Regarding haters of his “Transformers” franchise, Director Michael Bay said “Let them hate it. They’re still going to see the movie.” And despite earning the lowest rating so far of any 2014 summer blockbuster with 17% on Rotten Tomatoes, the mass public did in fact come out to see another one of his ridiculous explosion-fest spectacles to the tune of 2014’s highest opening weekend. Overseas, it’s a massive success as well with $80 million so far.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTIONI cringe at this for numerous reasons — not the least of which is Bay’s ego can’t take any more inflating and this will just encourage him to make more. We had a deal people! Sigh. Anyway, this overtakes the up to this point unbeatable $94 million opening of “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” back in April. With Melissa McCarthy’s “Tammy,” the kids’ flick “Earth to Echo” and the horror film “Deliver Us From Evil” lined up for next week, “Extinction” may be the first film in 10 weeks to open No. 1 and repeat the following week.

2. 22 Jump Street -$15.4 million [3rd week; $139 million in total] – Last week’s number 2 film retains its position even though it’s looking up at a new movie in the top spot. This marks a career live action best for co-star Jonah Hill, whose previous high was the $129 million earned from the first film. Co-star Channing Tatum has a bit further to go to surpass the $150 million earned from “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra,” but that’s clearly in sight.

3. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $13.1 million [3rd week; $121.8 million in total] – The animated hit surpassed “Rio 2‘s” $127 million gross, but doesn’t look like it has enough steam to catch up to “The LEGO Movie’s” impressive 2014 best $256 million haul.

Matt Kennedy/Screen Gems  Cedric (Kevin Hart) at the pool in Vegas.
Matt Kennedy/Screen Gems
Cedric (Kevin Hart) at the pool in Vegas.

4. Think Like a Man Too – $10.4 million [2nd week; $48 million] – Last week’s No. 1 took a major fall in its sophomore weekend. On the bright side, it’s already outperformed “About Last Night,” this February’s previous collaboration with stars Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart and Regina Hall. Chances are good it will catch “The Best Man Holiday’s” $70.5 million, but there’s virtually no chance this will come close to the $91.5 million of the original.

5. Maleficent – $8.8 million  [5th week; $200 million] The “Sleeping Beauty” film already marks a career-best for Angelina Jolie and it’s not slowing down anytime soon showing remarkable staying power in a summer movie season that quickly has discarded hit after hit with each passing weekend. It’s been a Top 5 fixture for over a month and stands a good chance of remaining here for another few weeks at this rate.