Box Office: ‘Turtles’ Looks Like Two-Time Winner With High-$20 Millions

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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.

Only three titles — Paramount’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” Fox’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” — have managed to win two weekends so far this summer.

Fox’s “Let’s Be Cops,” the raunchy R-rated comedy starring Damon Wayans Jr., Jake Johnson and Nina Dobrev, has been performing solidly since its Wednesday debut, putting up $8.4 million through Thursday. It’s expected to gross roughly $16 million-$18 million in 3,094 locations through the weekend.

Although the star power of the action-heavy “The Expendables 3” outweighs “Let’s Be Cops” – the film features Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson – the drama is predicted to open at around the same numbers as the cop comedy.  “Expendables” should pull in between $16 million and $17 million, including $875,000 from Thursday. The first two “Expendables” opened at $34.8 million and $28.6 million, so this would be the worst performance of the three by as much as $10 million.

The Weinstein Co.’s “The Giver,” starring Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift and Jeff Bridges and based on the well-known Lois Lowry book, could be effective counter-programming for young women against the action-heavy “Turtles” and “Expendables.” It’s also opening wide in 3,003 locations and is expected to bring in $13 million for the weekend.

The $25 million adaptation did impressive business Thursday, picking up $750,000 in preview screenings.

Expected to land in second place is “Guardians,” Marvel’s newest property that introduces a band of misfits tasked with saving the galaxy, budgeted at $170 million. Starring Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, the film has globally grossed $334 million to date, with an estimated $21 million expected this weekend.

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  1. Iván el Terrible says:

    It’s not how it begins, it’s how it ends. A lot of people was whining because Grown Ups 2 beat Pacific Rim at the box office in United States, but guess what… In the end, Guillermo Del Toro made more money than Adam Sandler and it was all because of the box offices of other countries, where PR was a hit and GU2 was a big failure.
    The same will happen with this battle between TMNT and GotG. The turtles may win at the States but they shall fail in Europe where the Guardians are being the hit of the summer.

  2. jlinn says:

    Once again, X-Men DID NOT WIN 2 WEEKENDS IN A ROW! Who does your research?! Maleficent trounced X-Men’s 2nd weekend!

  3. Jim says:

    Not so fast. Guardians of the Galaxy has closed the gap on TMNT every day this week and was less than $100,000 behind it on Thursday’s results. Looks like word of mouth and reviews are helping Guardians sustain itself and bringing TMNT crashing down to reality.

    • Jacques Strappe says:

      Hard to predict since the turtles have big appeal for the 12 and under tykes and capitalizes on younger parents who remember the hard shells from their childhood. I can’t imagine teens or adults attending showings of Ninja Turtles without their children or nephews in tow. Last weekend I saw older teens and adults almost exclusively at the sold out Guardians showing in the early evening. There’s probably some overlap of audiences in the 10-13 range but Ninja Turtles must skew mostly to very young children who definitely can’t drive themselves to the movie theater at least for another 6 to 8 years. Like Transformers, isn’t there some Hasbro action figures for the Ninja Turtles? Both Guardians and Ninja Turtles should do fine at the box office for the duration of their respective runs and both will be profitable. Obviously, the wretched reviews for Turtles, like the Transformer movies, will not hurt the box office sales when children, devoted to their toys, are the target audience.

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