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The TV spots and trailers for Let’s Be Cops made me extremely excited for this movie. I love both Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as actors, as they both have a tendency to sign on to projects that have a very unique brand of humor. Their performances in other works have always left my sides aching. But this film just falls kind of flat. All of the best jokes were played out in the various marketing materials, and the ones they didn’t spend were overplayed and predictable, which was a bummer since the ads and the casting made me confident there would be some original humor in it.
Johnson plays almost exactly the same character he does on Fox’s New Girl, which is both a positive and a negative, since over the past seasons, Nick has become the reason I watch the show. But I was »
- Jake Smith
In this installment of E!'s Would You?/Could You? Quickfire Challenge, we put the Let's Be Cops co-stars Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson in the hot seat. They're roommates on New Girl and faux cop partners in the new comedy, but did you know they're good friends in real life?! We caught up with the guys while on a break from their press day for the film and found out how well they know each other. We learned [the surprising "truth" about what Jake is wearing under his clothes and his hilarious, but hopefully not truthful, pickup line—it involves magic! When Jake turned the tables on Damon, we found out what he would considering doing for money. Spoiler alert: »
Let's Be Cops is all about bromance and mega-LOLs. So we're happy to introduce this exclusive clip which combines the two, showing what happens when two irresponsible best buds (played by Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jnr.) begin to comprehend the power of their fancy dress police suits. All we'll say is... Freeze! Let's Be Cops is in UK cinemas from 27 August 2014.
- Matt Risley
Paramount Pictures' rebooted reptiles took in $28.4 million in the film's second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That far surpassed the limp $16.2 million earned by Stallone's gang of aged but buff warriors.
The paltry, fourth-place total for The Expendables 3 is well below previous debuts in the Lionsgate franchise. The last two Expendables opened with $34.8 million (in August 2010) and $28.6 million (in August 2012). The third film was the first to be rated PG-13 in the previously R-rated series, which potentially signaled watered-down explosiveness to an audience that was largely over 25, anyway.
Expendables 3, which features a sprawling cast of Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibsonand others, also leaked online before its release, potentially damaging its impact in theaters.
Instead, Marvel's »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Lifetime will premiere a two-hour television movie about the life of Brittany Murphy on September 6. [VH1] It’s only a matter of time until Cara Delevingne steals your girl. [VH1] Legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams passed away at 63. [VH1] Kendall Jenner proved to be the most talented and fierce member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan. [VH1] Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson from Let’s Be Cops are the baddest bros out there. [VH1] View Photo Gallery #MakeupTransformations went viral and we collected the best ones. [VH1] Spencer Pratt was actually a nice human being at one point. [VH1] Get to know Brad Falchuk, the man who bagged Gwyneth Paltrow after her split from Chris Martin. [VH1]
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- Diane Cho
Three new films tried to push two beloved groups of superheroes out of the top spots at the box office this weekend – and failed to do so. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles repeated in the #1 spot, dropping 57% to make $28.4 million. Given the poor word-of-mouth, lots of competition for action crowds and teen audiences, and pent-up demand for last weekend, that really isn’t a terrible number at all. With a $117.6 million cume in 10 days, expect Turtles to end up with between $170 and $180 million in North America.
By the end of next weekend, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will surpass the total gross of the 1990 screen version featuring the same characters. However, due to 3D and much higher ticket prices, the 2014 update will end up being seen by around two thirds of the same audience in theaters. Still, for a film that had a lot of negative buzz attached before its release, it »
- Jordan Adler
This weekend, the Ninja Turtles were still making the most money.
With a weekend gross of $28.4 million, the pizza-loving and crime-fighting turtles are making the movie one of the most-seen of the summer. Released on August 8, the film has already projected $117.6 million in ticket sales.
Pics: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Get the Street Art Treatment
Coming in a close second, Guardians of the Galaxy was at $24.7 this weekend, which means Chris Pratt is still making ladies swoon. This movie is at a domestic total of $222.2 million after its release on August 1. It had the top opening weekend so far this month.
After a late Summer surge saw "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" open way above expectation, things came crashing down to Earth this week with the release of three films which opened a bit soft at the U.S. box-office upon release.
Of the trio, the one good performer was the Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr.-led R-rated comedy "Let's Be Cops" which came in third with $17.7 million over the weekend. Thanks to a Wednesday opening, it's already at $26.1 million after five days - surpassing its $17 million production budget.
Next was the "The Expendables 3" in fourth with $16.2 million for the weekend. That's considerably down on the $34.8 million and $28.6 million opening weekend of the first two films. The weakest reviews of the franchise, the switch to a PG-13 rating and the online leak of a DVD screener all probably didn't help much .
In fifth came "The Giver, »
- Garth Franklin
Amir here, with the weekend’s box office report. The hearts of the old heroes shattered, their muscles shriveled, their skin drooped and the Botox melted. Who would have thought one day the toughest, meanest men in Hollywood would fall to four teenagers; and not just any old group of teenagers, but teenagers from a very slow species. Tmnt held on to the top spot as The Expendables 3 opened at fourth place. Equally damning for the action crew is that they fell behind Let’s Be Cops, a remarkably unfortunate title at a time when no one in America wants anything to do with cops.
Weekend Box Office
01 Ninja Turtles $28.4 (cum. $117.6) Remember the animated feature version?
02 Guardians Of The Galaxy $24.7 (cum. $222.2) Review
03 Let's Be Cops $17.7 (cum. $26.1) *new*
04 The Expendables 3 $16.2 *new* recommended read
05 The Giver »
- Amir S.
It was expected that "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" would weather the storm of three new releases to remain at the top of the box office. No one expected, however, that "The Expendables 3," "The Giver" and "Let's Be Cops!" would disappoint so dramatically. Remaining no. 1 for the second weekend in a row was Paramount's reboot of "Tmnt." The comedy adventure earned another $28.4 million for $117.6 million in just 10 days. With over $185 million already globally, "Tmnt" came just in time to make up for the loses on another Paramount summer release, "Hercules." It's also possible "Turtles" could keep the top spot next weekend when the only competition is "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." Still going strong at no. 2 is Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy." With another $24.7 million, the James Gunn adventure has crossed the $200 million mark with $222.2 million to date. "Guardians" is still on track to becoming the no. »
- Gregory Ellwood
20th Century Fox released their new comedy flick, "Let's Be Cops," into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out and thought it was quite entertaining and hilarious, delivering a ton of laughs, drama, suspense and more. It stars: Damon Wayans Jr., Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D'Arcy and Andy Garcia. In the new film, characters ,Ryan (Jake Johnson) and Justin (Damon Wayans Jr.), are feeling pretty down about their careers are the lack there of. Ryan is a former football star that got injured, and Justin is a struggling video game creator with a shortage on confidence. Eventually, they show up at a masquerade party in full cop costumes, because Ryan thought a masquerade party was the same as a costume party. After getting shunned from that event, they found themselves being able to command unusual amounts of attention as everyone thought they were real cops. They »
We first received an extended sneak peek at the comedy "Let's Be Cops!" during CinemaCon, a convention for the nation's theater owners, at the end of the March. In that context, "Cops" looked funny. In fact, it looked like it could be a major summer hit and turn both Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans, Jr. into legitimate movie stars. (Really.) This is now the portion of our article where we give incredible props to 20th Century Fox for pulling off a marketing miracle and pulling the wool over our eyes. Instead of being a late summer smash, "Cops" is one of the bigger creative disappointments of the summer. And it's not just critics who believe that. Before its Wednesday debut "Cops" was polling for a $30-35 million debut over its first five days. At this point, it will be lucky to hit $25 million over that same frame. The word appears to be out. »
- Gregory Ellwood
“The Expendables 3” is living up to its title.
Lionsgate’s actioner flopped on Friday with a franchise-worst debut of $5.9 million. It’s estimated to earn $15.3 million by Sunday, which would be the lowest opening in the series.
The pizza-loving reptiles of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” earned enough dough to hold down the top spot in the domestic box office for the second weekend in a row.
Paramount’s “Tmnt” grossed $7.9 million on Friday on its way to a $26 million-plus weekend, while Disney-Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” came in second. Newcomers “Let’s Be Cops,” “The Expendables 3” and “The Giver” were no competition for the summer box office saviors.
“Tmnt” joins only three other movies — Paramount’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and Fox’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” — that have come in no. 1 at the summer box office for two consecutive weekends. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
The terrapin power of Paramount’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is expected to win the weekend box office for the second time in a row, besting Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and newcomers “Let’s Be Cops” from Fox, Lionsgate’s “The Expendables 3” and Weinstein Co.’s “The Giver.”
The pizza-eating reptiles are estimated to top the box office with a gross in the mid-to-high $20 millions this weekend. Produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, the film was made for $125 million and thus far has grossed $117 worldwide.
- Alexandra Cheney
“Let's Be Cops” may be the summer's next R-rated comedy hit — providing ticket buyers completely disregard the critics pumping it full of lead. The 20th Century Fox release starring Jake Johnson (“New Girl”) and Damon Wayans Jr. (“Happy Endings”) as two Los Angeles losers who pretend to be cops after dressing up for a party has been nearly universally panned in reviews summing it up as, simply, not that funny. Also read: ‘Let's Be Cops’ Opens With Strong $5.2 Million at Box Office Director Luke Greenfield‘s comedy he co-wrote with screenwriter Nicholas Thomas has accumulated a 9 percent “rotten” rating on Rotten. »
- Greg Gilman
Fox's “Let's Be Cops” continued a solid opening week, taking in $3.2 million at the box office on Thursday. The R-rated Jake Johnson-Damon Wayans, Jr. comedy made $1.2 million in late Tuesday night screenings, and hit $5.2 million with Wednesday receipts. The Thursday gains give the pic $8.4 million gross headed into the weekend. Overall, it looks to take in $25 million in its opening five-day frame, in 2,936 theaters in the U.S. and Canada. That would give Fox a solid late-summer hit. »
- Jordan Zakarin
It's the weekend, and you're looking forward to going to the movies, but you don't know which one you're going to see. Luckily for you, Neal Brennan, comedian and host of SundanceTV's "The Approval Matrix" (inspired by the New York magazine feature of the same name), is here to help alleviate your indecisive agony. Here, he evens the playing field and reviews the trailer for the R-rated comedy "Let's Be Cops," starring Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as two friends who are struggling through life, until they decide to become fake cops.
"Let's Be Cops" hits theaters August 15. "The Approval Matrix" airs Monday nights at 11 p.m. on SundanceTV. »
- Moviefone Staff
Friday Am Update: The Expendables 3 earned an estimated $875,000 from Thursday night shows beginning at 7 p.m. In comparison, the first Expendables grossed $870,000, while The Expendables 2 took in $685,000. In both of those earlier cases, though, showings didn't begin until midnight. A better comparison might be last week's Into The Storm, which took in $800,000 from late Thursday shows. That went on to earn $17.3 million in its opening weekend; a tally closer to $20 million seems like a likely outcome for The Expendables 3.Forecast: The Expendables 3 storms in to theaters this weekend, though this gang of geriatric action stars will probably lose out to a bunch of teenage turtles.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will likely wind up with $25 to $30 million in its second weekend. That should be enough to fend off the latest installment in the Expendables series, which could open as low as $20 million.Other new releases include young-adult »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
This was just a bad idea. Don't get me wrong… Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, Keegan Michael Key, and Damon Wayans Jr. are all genuinely funny people, and when you put that many funny people together, there are going to be funny moments. I certainly laughed a few times during "Let's Be Cops," and as far as actual film craft goes, it's perfectly serviceable. But if anything counts in comedy, it's timing, and right now is not the time to make a movie about how easy it is to abuse the privileges that come with wearing a police uniform. I'm not just talking about this week's horrifying events in Ferguson, Missouri, either, although I'm sure everyone at Fox is mortified. This is the second time in recent memory that they've released a comedy at the exact wrong moment, with "The Watch" rolling into theaters just as the Treyvon Martin conversation was at its most heated. »
- Drew McWeeny
Are New Girl costars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. just as magical on the big screen? Not quite, according to reviews. In Let's Be Cops, Ryan and Justin are longtime friends, who realize the power and status that comes with being a cop, after dressing up as police officers for a costume party. The buddies take full advantage of the situation and begin to use their fake badges to fight crime…until their hijinks land them in some hot water. Despite a comical premise and a topless scene from The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev, critics seem to agree that the Luke Greenfield-directed film for the most part falls flat and leaves viewers longing for much more. Take a look at what they had »
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