After nearly two months of a new action tentpole arriving every single weekend, the American box office decided to take a breather this weekend with two lower-key new releases.
Faring much worse is director Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the hit Broadway musical “Jersey Boys.” The period piece about the life and times of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons debuted in 4th place, and might not clear $14 million.
Both new debuts earned an A- minus from CinemaScore, so there is hope word-of-mouth might help “Jersey Boys” hang on. With a $40 million budget, it need not hang on too long.
In its 2nd weekend, “22 Jump Street” only dipped 47%, which is pretty good. By Monday the sequel will have shot over the $100 million mark to somewhere around $111 million.
DreamWorks Animation had a second weekend of bad news with the under-performing “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” The animated sequel lost 49% over last weekend and won’t even hit $100 million after 10 days. The estimate is $95 million. This is the 4th disappointment in a row for the embattled studio.
Still performing better than expected is Disney’s “Maleficent.” A cool $200 million-plus looks well within reach for the Angelina Jolie fairy tale. After 4 weeks, the film took in another $13 million for a total gross of $187 million.
Next week the break is over. Michael Bay’s Shia-less “Transformers 4” is likely to scramble everything.
Year-over-year, a summer that everyone expected to be a barn burner has fallen short. So far, the 2014 box office is only 2% ahead of last year and has been losing ground fast for the past couple of months.