O.K. maybe I’ve got this wrong. I thought everyone hated Michael Bay. That’s all I ever hear. And yet his films have made countless billions of dollars despite everyone saying how much they hate his guts and that he’s the worst thing that ever happened to cinema.
No wonder every time you see a picture of him, he’s always got this smug smirk that you just want to smack off his face. Despite what you say, he still has some mysterious pull on you and still you go see his movies. What is it? Hypnosis perhaps? Some secret subliminal message in all his movies?
So, it was inevitable that, when it was announced that he would be producing a new version of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," there was a predictable outrage; for man apparently, he was the absolutely worst person on the planet to produce a new version of TMNT.
Even worse, he hired as director, Johnathan Liebesman, the auteur of non-classics such as "Darkness Falls," "Battle: Los Angeles" and "Wrath of the Titans," who one critic said of him, that he was the director you’re forced to hire to make your film when absolutely everyone else turns you down. People were expecting the worst, and from the reviews so far they got it.
And despite really horrible reviews, and the fact that the film was held until the very last minute for advance media screenings - always a sign of trouble - the film grossed $65 million this weekend, beating out last week’s No.1 film "The Guardians of the Galaxy."
Not really surprised, because I figured that TMNT would attract a huge crowd of kids, nerds and nostalgia buffs and, of course, there’s that Michael Bay hypnosis at work. But the bad word of mouth will certainly guarantee a huge drop off the following week of some 60%, or perhaps even more, as with several other films this summer.
But it may not matter, since Paramount announced this morning that they’re going ahead full steam with a TMNT sequel for 2016, with Michael Bay returning as producer. So you’ll have another chance to say you hate him before going to see his movie.
As I previously stated, "Guardians" came in second place with $41 million, with a 56% drop in the box office, but the film has made nearly $176 million to date domestically.
Luc Besson’s "Lucy" also continues to be a late summer b.o. sleeper hit, coming in 5th place, with $9.3 million, and just under $100 million to date.
The other three major releases this Friday - "Into the Storm," and "The Hundred Foot Journey," which was executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, and "Step Up 5," made $18 million, $11.2 million and $6.6 million respectively.
However the James Brown bio-pic, "Get On Up," is evidently not appealing to audiences, taking a huge 63% drop from last week, earning only $5 million this weekend.