It wasn't a tale about a dolphin that provided a nice surprise at the box office over the weekend, but rather a suspense film. It was a also tale of two new movies where one over-achieved and the other one under-performed.
This is the weekend when Hollywood wouldn't mind a pleasant surprise. That would be in the form of "Dolphin Tale 2." The family-friendly film is out and simply because of the theater count, it could end on top.
One would think Labor Day would be a gold mine for a new movie release and get in one more summer season blockbuster. But it isn't. In fact, a movie that has been the talk of the summer is once again the No. 1 movie in the land.
It is not deja vu at the box office but it may act like it with the release of "If I Stay." It should win over the other newcomers, with only "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" having a chance at the top spot.
It was a repeat win for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" as it left the newcomers without a top slice of the pie. For "Ninja Turtles," that pie is pizza and their take this weekend is an estimated $28.4 million.
Even though the two newcomers beat expectations, the box office blues continue for Hollywood. But, "Lucy" did out-muscle "Hercules" to take over the top spot. "Lucy" won out with an estimated $44 million while "Hercules' took in $29 million.
Kids will return to the theaters over the weekend to board "Planes: Fire and Rescue." Adults may purge and watch a sex tape, however. All this means is that there is a choice among the new wide releases.
UPDATE: The newcomers could not overtake "Transformers 4: The Age of Extinction" as the holiday weekend is off and running. "Transformers 4" took in $7.7 million while "Tammy" hauled in $6.2 million on Wednesday.
UPDATE: A solid Friday for comedy as "Think Like a Man 2" beat "22 Jump Street" at the box office. With a haul of $12.2 million for "Think Like a Man 2," it looks like laughs will win out for sure. "22 Jump Street" took in $9.3 million.
UPDATE: Not only did the tearjerker "Fault in Our Stars" open huge on Friday, it is also beating expectations. The $26 million haul for the film on Friday is better than the other film featuring its stars.
Autism activist and Chicago Mom Lisa Goes of the Thinking Moms' Revolution or TMR as well as other 'Thinking' Moms in the group have been featured in the introduction of a new documentary film called 'Moms Determined.'