Weekend box office: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles surprises
Michael Bay’s reboot of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES had just about everything you needed to alienate the fanboys. They didn’t stick to the mythology, they cast Megan Fox (who all fanboys say they hate, but secretly love), they used CGI turtles and the turtles just didn’t look like what they were used to. But apparently, a movie can be successful without fanboy support and the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES surprised everyone at the weekend box office, taking in over $60 million on its opening weekend. That was more than enough to easily beat last week’s #1 film, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. With studios planning sequels so far in advance these days, I’m sure we’ll get an announcement for the follow up in the coming weeks. We also had the release of the tornado film INTO THE STORM, which should be pretty proud of the $17 million haul. I doubt Warner Bros. expected to make anything on the film, so I’m sure they’re happy. Finally, we had THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY and the continuing saga of the Step Up crew, STEP UP: ALL IN, which both did moderately well.
Next week sees the release of THE EXPENDABLES 3. Early reviews say that this is the best one yet, but that’s not exactly a glowing endorsement. I’m sure if you liked the first two, you’ll like the third one. We also get the release of the big budget, but troubled adaptation of THE GIVER, along with smaller films like LET’S BE COPS and FRANK. It will be a battle at the weekend box office, but I’m leaning towards TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES to take the top spot again. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $64.8m
2. Guardians of the Galaxy $42.3m
3. Into the Storm $17.7m
4. The Hundred-Foot Journey $11.5m
5. Lucy $9.2m
6. Step Up: All In $6.5m
7. Hercules $5.7m
8. Get on Up $5m
9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $4.4m
10. Planes: Fire and Rescue $2.3m