Friday Box Office: NINJA TURTLES Surprises with $25.6 Million Opening

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After crushing the August opening record with its $94.3 million debut last weekend, it looks like Guardians of the Galaxy is now in line to get crushed by the return of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Paramount’s live-action reboot of the venerable pop-culture franchise took in an estimated $25.6 million on Friday, including $4.6 million from its Thursday p.m. previews.  That suggests a first weekend gross of over $60 million – well above the $42 million that Paramount was expecting.  TMNT‘s big opening will send Guardians into second place in its sophomore frame.  It’s a scenario that was always possible but somehow didn’t seem plausible until this morning.

Full story and Friday’s box office breakdown after the jump.

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-final-posterIf it seems like an insult that “the best reviewed blockbuster of the summer” was dethroned after only one week (and by a film that currently rates just 20% on Rotten Tomatoes), there is another way to look at it.  Guardians of the Galaxy followed its amazing opening weekend with equally amazing first-week numbers: earning more than any film this summer on its initial Monday – Thursday run.  That includes X-Men: Days of Future Past, which got a boost on its first Monday thanks to the Memorial Day holiday.

Guardians is still expected to earn over $40 million this weekend, which would equal a drop of about 55%.  If realized, that would be the best sophomore hold for a Marvel feature since The Avengers dominated in May 2012.  Of course, all of Marvel’s post-Avengers releases have also managed to stay in first place for more than one weekend: a fact that looks more impressive from a marketing standpoint.

For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the marketing potential of besting Marvel is invaluable.  It’s been more than 20 years since the last live-action TMNT hit theatres, so this weekend will mark a huge win for Paramount and producer Michael Bay.  The combined power of this weekend’s top two films will also give the domestic box office a much-needed win, with total earnings now expected to exceed 2013 levels by as much as 15%.

Taking TMNT and Guardians out of the mix, the Friday box office looks much more like the August we are all used to: a grab-bag of modest releases bringing even more modest returns.  Strongest among this weekend’s also-rans is Warner Bros.’ Into the Storm.  The disaster pic earned an estimated $6.5 million from 3,434 locations on Friday and should claim an opening weekend of about $15 million.  Step Up All In opened in fifth place on Friday.  The fifth entry in the improbably profitable dance franchise (the previous four films have brought in almost $600 million worldwide since 2006) set a new series low and is not expected to top $6 million in its first three days.

A more positive note was hit by Disney’s The Hundred-Foot Journey, which opened in fourth place with an estimated $3.65 million.  That should equal an opening weekend of $10 million or higher, which is a bit more than this more-adult offering was expected to bring in, the power of co-producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey notwithstanding.

We’ll have complete details and the weekend box office top ten tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $25,600,000 $25.6
2.  Guardians of the Galaxy $12,335,000 $146.7
3.  Into the Storm $6,510,000 $6.5
4.  The Hundred-Foot Journey $3,650,000 $3.6
5.  Step Up All In $2,840,000 $2.8



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  • gar216

    It was a fun summer movie… It had flaws, but it was good.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’m seeing it next week don’t give me spoilers

      • mattinacan

        spoiler: it is terrible

      • Manuel Orozco

        I didn’t ask you

      • World’s Finest Comments

        It’s a comment section, you don’t need to ask.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Sorry

  • DEADP00L

    Thats not surprising. What will surprise me is if this thing makes as much as TF4 since thats what Megan Fox claimed it would with her comparison.

    • Lovecraftlives

      No way! Guardians is way to powerful for that to happen. This still sucks, because I thought Guardians would be able hold onto the number one spot. Don’t those little shits know that Guardians is where it’s at?

      • DEADP00L

        Guardians hasn’t been released int the middle east yet or in other places so we might get a boost.

  • NorCalJ

    Not surprising at all, TMNT has been very popular with kids lately, and with parents going back with the nostalgia factor its pretty obvious it would take first. Is it good or does it look good, no…but its a property that is well known where as Gaurdians is not.

    • F*** Michael Bay

      Yup. I was hoping that word of mouth for GotG would continue to propel it up, and do the opposite for TMNT with how crappy it is. Sounds like these are the same crowds that don’t give to sh*ts about quality and just want to watch 2 hours of boring CGI-fest action. Guess we’re going to get yet another sh*tty sequel by Michael Bay and Liebesman. I guess at this point you can say what you will about Bay’s terrible filmmaking talent, but the man knows how to bring in the masses looking for a dumb, turn-off-your brain movie to kill 2 hours.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Why are you talking to yourself?

        EDIT: That’s better, if you’re going to have 2 accounts where you talk to yourself, it doesn’t seem so weird as when you have them both under the same name.

      • F*** Michael Bay

        Because F*** you that’s why

      • F*** Michael Bay

        Because F*** you that’s why

      • Aquartertoseven

        Did you mean to direct that towards yourself, again, or was that actually to me?

        Get a friend, experience the great outdoors.

      • Michael Bay F***

        haha it was a joke man. thanks for pointing out that i was talking to myself. I have a mental disorder that causes me to talk to my more “explosive” side ;)

      • Lovecraftlives

        I know. Eventually though, I think it will come crashing down for Bay and his cronies, but I not today.

  • The Lion

    Not a surprise the Ninja Turtles are back to being as popular as they were in the 90′s.

    • Manuel Orozco

      The 90′s revival continues

  • Manuel Orozco

    I’m surprised TMNT would beat Guardians in the BO draws. I would’nt be surprised if it’s no 1 by tomorrow

  • MJ

    Poor Marvel.

    • milo

      Another weekend at number one would have been nice but they’re hardly feeling bad considering if the estimates hold up they’ll have the second biggest second weekend of the year (and the biggest second weekend was Lego on a holiday weekend) and are on a pace to have the biggest movie of the year so far. Guardians will pass 250M easily and has a shot at 300. No pity required, they have a monster hit.

  • mattinacan

    humanity is fucked

  • 80sRobot

    I would be interested in a behind-the-scenes expose into the making of the first movie. More than that Saved by the Bell one.

  • Gooniesmurf

    YEAH!!!! Turtle POWER!!!

  • NICK НΛRT

    ugh that means sequels i guess.

  • appolox

    I’m probably in the minority but I thought it was fun. Shredder sucked and some of the acting was bad(whoopi goldberg and whoever played Karai) but I thought the turtles were great the effects were good and the action was terrific. It’s not trying to be Oscar worthy it’s just trying to entertain. I can see why some people won’t enjoy it but I don’t get what’s so terrible about it.

    • Jack Dennis

      ya the only thing that bothers me about this movie is that it has woopi goldberg in it.hopefully she won’t be in the sequels.

      • appolox

        Ikr. She only had like 2 scenes too! And did absolutely nothing to advance the film in any way!

      • Jack Dennis

        at least its just 2 scenes.good to know! thanks!

      • Jack Dennis

        at least its just 2 scenes.good to know! thanks!

      • appolox

        Ikr. She only had like 2 scenes too! And did absolutely nothing to advance the film in any way!

    • Jack Dennis

      ya the only thing that bothers me about this movie is that it has woopi goldberg in it.hopefully she won’t be in the sequels.

    • Oolie zool

      I agree. I thought it was fun and enjoyed it. Didn’t like the origin change, but I still had fun. The Turtles themselves were fantastic, almost perfect IMO and the overall animation work was good. Part of the reason I wish they’d stuck to the real origin is it would have meant MORE Turtles than we got and that would have made it even better.

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