Friday Box Office Results Ripped Apart by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Friday Box Office Results Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are giving the lagging 2014 summer box office season a jolt of adrenaline on the heels of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy doing the same only a week ago. What was a toss up between TMNT and Guardians for box office supremacy entering the weekend turned into a blowout once the Friday box office results were reported.

Weekend box office estimates for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were bumped $5 to $10 million after the reboot from producer Michael Bay and starring Megan Fox earned $4.6 million at Thursday night screenings. Other notable films that had similar Thursday night numbers, Maleficent and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, each enjoyed opening weekends north of $60 million.

Paramount’s revised weekend estimates for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were raised to $44-$50 million, and that range was way off the mark. Turtles put up an impressive $25.6 million on Friday and will now most certainly clear $60 million through Sunday. It could even top $65 million if the Sunday drop-off isn’t too substantial. So much for Paramount’s revised estimates.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy took a dive on Saturday of 67 percent from the previous weekend or right in line with the typical Marvel drop-off. As a result, Guardians is in track for a little north of $40 million through Sunday and definitely lost some ticket sales to the success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that draws from the same demographic.

Another newcomer, the Twister-esque Into the Storm, stirred up $6.5 million on Sunday. It should wind down the weekend around $15 million, a far cry from the $41 million opening weekend Twister scored for Warner  Bros. back in 1996.

The full weekend box office estimates that will determine approximately where Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wrapped up its three-day opening weekend will come online Sunday afternoon.

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