Ever since a boy wizard named Harry Potter became a sensation both on the best-seller list and at the box office, Hollywood has doggedly mined the pages of novels ostensibly aimed at young adults to find the next big blockbuster sensation. Occasionally, they hit the jackpot big time, like with The Hunger Games, Twilight, and this year’s more modest YA hit Divergent (as well as The Fault in Our Stars, although it is highly unlikely that film will spawn a movie franchise).
More often than not, however, Hollywood’s YA book quarry turns up not much more than box office fool’s gold.
The latest example: The Giver, based on the beloved 1993 novel by Lois Lowry, just opened this weekend with an estimated $12.8 million — a figure lower than the box office debut of several famously failed YA novel adaptations like I Am Number Four, Eragon, and Ender’s Game.
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Here are the estimated top 10 box office figures for Friday to Sunday, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — $28.4 million
2. Guardians of the Galaxy — $24.7 million
3. Let’s Be Cops* — $17.7 million
4. The Expendables 3* — $16.2 million
5. The Giver* — $12.8 million
6. Into the Storm — $7.7 million
7. The Hundred-Food Journey — $7.1 million
8. Lucy — $5.3 million
9. Step Up All In — $2.7 million
So in regards to the Shamless box office battle of Noel Fisher (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) vs. Cameron Monaghan (The Giver), the weekend went a bit like this...