Box Office: ‘Turtles’ Heading for Possible $60 Million Opening Weekend

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Moviegoers have been racing to Paramount’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” propelling the wisecracking terrapins to an opening weekend as high as $60 million at the U.S. box office, although Paramount is tempering expectations with a $50 to $55 million prediction.

Friday afternoon forecasts placed “Turtles” well ahead of the second weekend of  Marvel-Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which looked likely to finish the frame between $41 and $46 million.

“Turtles” started strongly Friday with initial estimates in the $19 to $25 million range — including $4.6 million in late-night screenings Thursday at 2,651 locations.

Paramount has promoted the pizza-eating reptiles aggressively, drawing on the appeal of the previous films, TV shows and toy lines. The studio’s most recent projections had placed the “Turtles” in the low-$40 million range, but the first-day business sends a strong signal that the film has more traction than forecasters expected.

The rebooted “Turtles,” produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and starring Megan Fox, carries a $125 million price tag. It appears that the new film will outgross the entire domestic cume of $42.3 million for 1993’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III,” the most recent terrapin tale.

“Guardians” had been expected to offer significant competition after a spectacular $94.3 million debut last weekend, along with impressive weekday numbers that lifted the first week total past $134 million.

Friday estimates ranged from $12 to $14 million, putting “Guardians” on track to finish the weekend with a decline in the 51 to 56% range.

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

Warner Bros.’ weather-disaster title “Into the Storm” appeared to be generating respectable first-day business with $6 million on Friday, projecting to an opening in the $16.5 million range. “Storm” drew an estimated $800,000 in Thursday previews.

Moviegoers showed a moderate appetite  for Disney-DreamWorks’ chef comedy “The Hundred-Foot Journey” with $4 million on Friday, projecting to an opening weekend of about $12.2 million.

Summit’s “Step Up All In,” the fifth installment in the dance competition franchise, appeared to be running out of steam with a $3 million opening on Friday — projecting to a $7.2 million weekend.

Universal’s third weekend of “Lucy” looks likely to finish ahead of “All In” at about $8.3 million — which would lift the Scarlett Johansson vehicle past $96 million in 17 days.


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  1. I think the turtles old school and new young watchers are going to go for the turtles,because both parents and children can both relate to this movie. Watch out Marvels.

  2. Dudology says:

    Let marvel sink. I still got screw out of a villain from iron man 3

  3. Please, everyone in America, pleas let Guardians beat TMNT this weekend. Please get TMNT to drop today and tomorrow and GOTG to increase today and decrease tomorrow. I want Guardians to win. If it loses,it’ll be a real disappointment for the summer. Please get Guardians to win by $46 million while TMNT opens with $45 million. Here are my predictions:

    I still think GOTG will top TMNT, but by a narrow victory/escape. Heres how I think it’ll work:

    1) GOTG- $13M, $21M, $12M- $46M

    2) TMNT- $21M, $16M, $8M- $45M

    • Dudeski says:

      They’re not going to because most of the moviegoers have kids. The reason why TMNT toppled over GOTG is because TMNT is more well known because of GOTG and it will appel more to kids

  4. OdinSon says:

    I’m just a Thor fan from the comics and not necessarily Marvel Studios, and man, some of the Marvel fans are out of control. Like, no other movie is allowed to make money :)! Or even get good ratings, if it opposes a Marvel movie! It actujally brought relief when the other Woman beat Cap 2 back in April, and Turtles beating GOTG here! I hope Dawn of the Planet of the Apes makes money too, not just Marvel!

  5. veemonjosh says:

    “It appears that the new film will outgross the entire domestic cume of $42.3 million for 1993’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III,” the most recent terrapin tale.”

    So the 2007 film doesn’t count?

  6. Bay should mash-up TMNT with the next Transfprmers movie, along with Three Stooges. Probaly will make $2,000,000 and then Bay can build an airstrip with his own 747 in his backyard.

  7. Matthew Coury says:

    ehh…its gonna crush guardians…….and u marvel fan critics are like “OMG!” c’mon youre really surprised??? its the freakinn ninja turtles..yeahh..the ones with the horribly atrocious 1990 movie that made like 200mil…no one shouldb e surprised

  8. I still think GOTG will top TMNT, but by a narrow victory/escape. Heres how I think it’ll work:

    1) GOTG- $13M, $21M, $12M- $46M
    2) TMNT- $21M, $16M, $8M- $45M

  9. Okay, ya know what? If we can’t get Guardians of the Galaxy to beat TMNT, let’s at least get it pass Transformers 4’s 10-day record. Let’s at least try to get GOTG to beat TMNT for the spot at #1. If not, then just help it beat T4’s frickin 10-day record.

    • Jacques Strappe says:

      Rotten Tomatoes critics loathe Teenage Mutant Turtles giving it an anemic 20% rating. Their top critics give it a barely registering 10% “…Neither entertaining enough to recommend…Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may bear the distinction of being the dullest movie ever made about talking bipedal reptiles”

      • there are really only two reasons critics have been way overboard with hatin’ on the turtles. the reasons are Michael bays involvement and the fact that the turtles movie has stolen GOTG’s thunder and box office dollars. most of these critics are obvious marvel fanboys. you see the ratings they give marvel movies. …and god help us if we don’t agree with them. they complain like children. like a bunch of toddlers. I saw turtles today with my young son. we loved it. amazing CGI and special effects, incredible action, and very funny. everyone should see this movie and judge for themselves.

  10. jlinn says:

    X-Men did not repeat as #1 this summer. X-Men’s 2nd weekend was Maleficent’s 1st weekend, X-Men lost handily. Only Transformers and Apes repeated as #1 this summer.

  11. GNI Staff says:

    Reblogged this on Global News Insider.

  12. Alright, Marvel fans and movie fans in America. Let’s get Guardians of the Galaxy to stay at #1 for its 2nd weekend and beat TMNT to pass $180 million domestically by Sunday with a weekend gross of $45.6 million dollars ($19 million today, $17 million tomorrow, and $9.6 million on Sunday) at #1 while TMNT settles in 2nd with $43.5 million ($18.5 million today, $15.5 million tomorrow, and $9.5 on Sunday). So, CMON GUYS. LET’S DO IT. AND, QUICKLY BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE. PLEASE, please don’t let a great Marvel movie lose to another Michael Bay crap movie just because of the explosions in the movie. Okay, thanks. ;)

    To all the people who are with me, keep helping and supporting.
    And, to all the criticizers and haters of my posts, keep hating cuz my posts are gonna keep coming til you listen to me. And, to reply back to your harsh comments on my comments, what you call “spamming”, I call supporting Guardians of the Galaxy. Besides, Guardians on Thursday made $3 million more than TMNT’s Thursday night shows.

    • BK says:

      I’ve seen TMNT. It was absolutely terrible. The script was absolutely lousy. Full of plot holes, inconsistencies, lousy dialogue and a terrible, generic and half-baked plot. I’m a lifelong fan of the series, and it was massively disappointing. Not just a bad Ninja Turtles movie but a bad movie altogether.

      • I saw it to. you are completely wrong. it was an awesome movie. amazing CGI and special effects. incredible action and it was funny as hell. not sure what turtles movie you saw. I saw a fun exciting film worthy of being summers last blockbuster. you are just bay haters plain and simple.

      • Well, I’m glad someone agrees.

    • lotrfan says:

      Cry me a river marvel fanboy!! Have you even seen TMNT? No, then shut the hell up!!

    • CJ says:

      Ummm did you see TMNT? It was actually really, really fun and worth watching. You can’t knock something like this because of critics reviews–they are way too serious and don’t appreciate something that is purely just fun to watch.

      Calling it a piece of crap movie when you haven’t seen it is basically like telling me the sky is red when you’ve lived in a cave your whole life. You have no clue, so don’t act like you do.

      I love Guardians, but come on. Don’t spread hate for something you haven’t seen, and therefore have no reason to hate yet. Jumping on a hate bandwagon just because you think it’s cool is simply wrong and detrimental to the business that creates the awesome films you want to go and watch every weekend.

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