#BOXOFFICE: “TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES” PERFORM NINJUTSU ON THEIR OPPONENTS
Of course it did. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reigned this weekend at the Box Office, pulling-in an impressive $65 million from 3,845 theatres for Paramount Pictures across North America. The Revival of the ’80s phenomenon starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett and Johnny Knoxville got lukewarm reception from Audiences with a B CinemaScore and a bashing from Critics with 19% on the Tomatometer. Nonetheless, Families were hooked and it is highly plausible the Film will develop into a new Franchise.
After a record-setting opening last weekend, Marvel‘s Guardians of the Galaxy slips to second spot this weekend with $40 million. In two weeks, the Blockbuster has grossed $175 million domestically.
Warner Bros.’ Disaster Flick Into the Storm debuts in third spot with $17 million from 3,434 theatres. Starring Richard Armitage, the Film was panned by Critics with a 20% Tomatometer rating and a B CinemaScore.
Disney‘s Culinary Drama The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren and produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, debuts in fourth spot with $10 million from 2,023 theatres.
Step Up All In, the latest in that popular Dance Franchise, opens in sixth spot for eOne Films/Lionsgate Films with $6.3 million from 2,072 theatres. Critics gave it a 43% on the Tomatometer and better B+ CinemaScore.
Planes: Fire & Rescue rounds-out the Top Ten with $2.3 million in its fourth week, earning $52 million cumulatively.
#FIRSTLOOK: HELEN MIRREN IN “THE HUNDRED-FOOT” JOURNEY
Food and Drama together? Sign me up for that! Production officially has begun in southwest France on the Culinary-Drama, The Hundred-Foot Journey. The Film, adapted from the Novel by Richard C. Morais, is from Participant Media and DreamWorks Studios.
In the starring role of Madame Mallory is Academy Award-Winner Helen Mirren with a Supporting Cast which includes Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon and Om Puri. The Film is produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake, while Academy Award-nominated Lasse Hallström directs.
In The Hundred-Foot Journey, Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint Village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly Chef Proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting Sous Chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory‘s culinary Rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan‘s gift as a Chef and takes him under her wing.
Everything about this sounds absolutely delightful and the only one thing upsetting is that this premieres before TIFF ’14, meaning it won’t have a chance of premiering here next September!
The Hundred-Foot Journey hits theatres August 8, 2014.
(Photo credit: DreamWorks Studios)