elissa McCarthy’s latest comedy is battling dismal reviews and a C+ CinemaScore; new films “Earth to Echo” and “Deliver Us From Evil” also struggle, while Dinesh D’Souza’s “America” soars more than 60 percent.
Paramount’s holdover Transformers: Age of Extinction stayed in the lead at the Fourth of July box office, topping Friday’s chart with $10.6 million for a domestic total of nearly $150 million. Otherwise, it’s been a subdued holiday as a pack of new films largely fail to break out.
Melissa McCarthy’s latest comedy Tammy placed No. 2 Friday with $6.4 million for a three-day total of $18.2 million. The movie is doing less business than expected after receiving scathing notices from reviewers and a C+ CinemaScore from audiences. Tammy, marking the feature directorial debut of McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, cost New Line and Warner Bros. $20 million to make. Box office observers are projecting a Wednesday-Sunday debut in the $33 million to $35 million range.
It’s too early to project total revenue for the long holiday, but it is bound to be down from other years. Last year alone, Despicable Me 2 opened to $143 million over the same five-day stretch, while The Lone Ranger grossed $48 million. (Lone Ranger, because of its price, was a bomb.) Movies opening last year did have the advantage of the actual holiday falling on a Thursday, meaning consumers were freed up to go to the movies on Friday.
o far, Hurricane Arthur doesn’t appear to be disrupting moviegoing too much on the East Coast, but Hollywood studios are keeping a close eye on the storm. Among the other new holiday films this year, Relativity Media’s family film Earth to Echo was narrowly beat Friday by family holdover How to Train Your Dragon 2, which placed No. 3 with $2.8 million for a domestic total of $134 million. Earth to Echo, earning an A- CinemaScore, grossed $2.6 million for a three-day total of $7.7 million. Box office observers believe the film will earn $14 million to $15 million for the five-day stretch. Disney made the found-footage film about a tiny alien robot but put it into turnaround last summer. Relativity paid $13 million to acquire the movie and do reshoots.
New horror entry Deliver Us From Evil, from Screen Gems and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, all but tied with fellow Sony title 22 Jump Street on Friday with an estimated $2.5 million each (22 Jump Street, entering its fourth weekend, has a shot at moving up to No. 3 by Sunday). Deliver Us From Evil is expected to post a tepid five-day opening of $14 million to $14.5 million for the five days. . Marking the summer’s first studio horror film, Deliver Us From Evil is about a New York cop (Eric Bana) who teams with a renegade priest (Edgar Ramirez) schooled in exorcisms to eradicate a series of possessions striking New York City. The movie, directed by Scott Derrickson and earning a B+ CinemaScore, is inspired by the book co-written by real-life cop Ralph Sarchie. Deliver Us From Evil cost $30 million to produce.