This may have been one of the weakest weekends at the box office this summer, with audiences seemingly avoiding movies new and old like the plague. Even the victories feel a little half-hearted, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows taking number one at the box office while not even coming close to matching the business of the first film. With Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping simply bombing, the only new release to show promise was Me Before You.

Film Weekend Per Screen
1 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows $35,250,000 $8,659 $35,250,000
2 X-Men: Apocalypse $22,325,000 (-66.1) $5,376 $116,498,000
3 Me Before You $18,270,000 $6,757 $18,270,000
4 Alice Through the Looking Glass $10,691,000 (-60.2) $2,841 $50,772,000
5 The Angry Birds Movie $9,775,000 (-47.9)
$2,806 $86,677,000
6 Captain America: Civil War $7,591,000 (-50.7) $2,461 $388,940,000
7 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising $4,700,000 (-49.8) $1,945 $48,560,000
8 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping $4,630,000 $2,003 $4,630,000
9 The Jungle Book $4,247,000 (-40.1) $2,134 $347,469,000
10 The Nice Guys $3,520,000 (-46.0) $1,864 $29,120,000

 

That $35 million opening weekend for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles looks perfectly fine out of context, but it’s a huge disappointment when you note that the first film opened to $65 million two years ago. That one went on to make $191 million at the domestic box office — this one will probably have to grow strong legs, and fast, if it wants to break $100 million, and even that won’t be enough. It’s definitely an unfortunate situation for the film, which has received significantly better reviews than its more financially successful — but far more disliked — predecessor.

Me Before You opened in third place with $18 million, which is a strong start for this kind of movie and evidence that well-timed counter-programming can work wonders in the summer. With a reported budget of only $20 million, it should be profitable soon enough and prove to be a minor hit in the long run.

As for the final new release of the weekend, Popstar bombed in eighth place with $4 million. Considering the many strong reviews and some of the people involved, it’s easy to imagine this film pulling a MacGruber and finding its audience after a theatrical run, but right now, it’s dead on arrival.

It also wasn’t a strong weekend for other releases. X-Men: Apocalypse dropped 66 percent and made only $22 million for a current total of $116 million. At this rate, it could struggle to make in its entire run what Captain America: Civil War made in its opening weekend. It won’t come close to matching what X-Men: Days of Future Past made a few years ago. Alice Through the Looking Glass also plummeted, making $10 million for a $50 million gross. It won’t even match what the first film made in its first three days back in 2010.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Captain America edged toward $400 million, The Angry Birds Movie toward $100 million, and The Jungle Book can taste $350 million. All three should reach those milestones by the end of next weekend.