Welcome to the Box Office Report, where….[crickets]…..
1. Transformers: The Age of Extinction (Paramount): $36.4 million in 4,233 theaters.
The fourth Transformers flick, beset by poor reviews, took a mighty tumble from its $100 million opening last weekend. But since nobody really bothered to go to the movies this July 4th weekend, Michael Bay will holds onto the box office crown for another week. In more uplifting news, the action flick passed $400 million internationally, bringing it to the half-billion-dollar mark in just two weeks.
2. Tammy (Warner Brothers): $21.1 million in 3,465 theaters.
The sum of Tammy doesn't quite equal its parts we were told and the wife-husband project by Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone was neither loved by audiences or respected by critics. All that said, this is a respectable opening, which surpassed its production budget including a flurry of advertising. Once the heat waves hit, this one will probably hang around.
3. Deliver Us from Evil (Screen Gems): $9.5 million in 3,049 theaters.
What an unimaginative title. Did anyone actually know this movie was coming out? That Eric Bana was still around? That Joel McHale is trying to be serious? Well, in a slow opening, even a creepy NYPD exorcism movie can be king. Or third. It did edge out one of the summer blockbusters though so maybe there's a spirit guiding it all along.