Paramount's Teenage Mutnant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows had no trouble topping the box office last weekend with $35.2 million, Although, that total was less than half of what 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opened with in 2014, when it debuted to the tune of $65.5 million. TMNT 2's reign will most likely end early, going up against three newcomers, Universal's Warcraft, Lionsgate's Now You See Me 2 and Warner Bros.' The Conjuring 2. If our projections are correct, then Warcraft should have no trouble coming out on top this weekend.
While exact theater counts have not been given yet, Box Office Mojo reports that Warcraft is expected to debut in an estimated 3,400 theaters, while The Conjuring 2 is expected to open in approximately 3,100 theaters and Now You See Me 2 is set to debut in 3,000 theaters. Of these three new releases, only The Conjuring 2 is a hit with the critics, earning a solid 72% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while Now You See Me 2 has a middling 46% rating and Warcraft has a dismal 16% score. Despite these negative reviews, Warcraft is still expected to debut atop the box office with a predicted $42.3 million.
Warcraft comes from Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures, an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment's global phenomenon. The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.
No budget details have been given for Warcraft, but it seems likely that it will have to open much higher than our projection if the movie hopes to be profitable. This video game adaptation features an ensemble cast that includes Travis Fimmel, Toby Kebbell, Daniel Wu, Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster, Paula Patton, Andre Tricoteux, Robert Kazinsky, Clancy Brown and Daniel Cudmore. Duncan Jones directs from a script he co-wrote with Charles Leavitt, based on the iconic video game series.
The Conjuring 2 is expected to take second place with a predicted $19.5 million, which, if rings true, will follow both Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and X-Men: Apocalypse as sequels that have opened far less than their predecessors. The Conjuring debuted in the summer of 2013, opening with $41.8 million, en route to a domestic take of $137.4 million and $318 million worldwide, from just a $20 million budget. Even if it does match its predecessor, it still may come up short of Warcraft, if our predictions pan out.
Director James Wan brings this supernatural thriller to the screen with another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits. The supporting cast includes Davis Thewlis, Frances O'Connor, Franka Potente, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Sterling Jerins, Simon McBurney and Javier Botet.
Rounding out the top 5 will be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 with $18.7 million, Now You See Me 2 with $15.2 million and X-Men: Apocalypse with $13.4 million. Now You See Me 2 is set one year after the Four Horsemen outwitted the FBI and won the public's adulation with their mind-bending spectacles. The gang resurfaces only to find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet. Lizzy Caplan replaces Isla Fisher as one of the Four Horsemen, with Daniel Radcliffe joining the cast alongside returning stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. It's worth noting that the original Now You See Me opened with $29.3 million in 2013, en route to $117 million domestic and $351 million worldwide, from a $75 million budget.
The top 10 will be rounded out by Me Before You ($8.9 million), Alice Through the Looking Glass ($6.2 million), The Angry Birds Movie ($5.8 million), Captain America: Civil War ($4.1 million) and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising ($1.9 million). Also opening in limited release this weekend is Electric Entertainment's thriller Blackway, Starz Media's thriller Careful What You Wish For, A24's documentary De Palma, Cohen Media Group's drama Diary of a Chambermaid, Roadside Attractions' drama Genius, Music Box Films' horror-comedy Therapy for a Vampire, Focus World's comedy Puerto Ricans in Paris and Reliance Films' crime thriller Te3n. We don't know if any of these films plan to expand in wide release throughout the coming weeks.
Looking ahead to next weekend, two new movies hit theaters in wide release. Disney Pixar's long-awaited sequel Finding Dory will go up against Warner Bros.' action comedy Central Intelligence, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. Also opening in limited release is The Weinstein Company's horror-thriller Clown, Magnolia's action-adventure The Last King, Film Movement's documentary My Love, Don't Cross That River, First Run's documentary Argentina, Hannover House's romantic comedy A Remarkable Life and Magnolia's documentary Tickled. Be sure to check back on Sunday for the box office estimates, and again next Tuesday for the new round of predictions. Until then, take a look at our projected top 10 for the weekend of June 10.