Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Scores $25.6 Million for Opening Day
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 08.09.2014
Turtle power is back...
Per Box Office Mojo, the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot scored an estimated $25.6 million for its opening day of release. These numbers include the approximate $4.6 million the film grossed from its early Thursday previews.
This was a strong performance for the Ninja Turtles considering the film was battling some pretty bad reviews. The film, produced by Michael Bay and directed by Jonathan Liebesman, has a meter of 20 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. By comparison, Ninja Turtles scored a higher opening day than other hit 2014 summer releases such as Maleficent ($24.3 million) and 22 Jump Street ($25.1 million).
At this point, the film is expected to finish with about $64 million at the domestic box office for the weekend. Provided the film holds for its subsequent weekends, that is probably high enough for Paramount go ahead and greenlight a sequel for the film, which reportedly cost about $125 million.
Guardians of the Galaxy is estimated to come in at No. 2 with about $41 million. Guardians of the Galaxy had a dropoff from its first Friday of about 67 percent with about $12.3 million. This is not so bad, considering that Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier experienced similar drop-offs after their own opening weekends. $41 million for its second frame, should put Guardians of the Galaxy well over $170 million domestically by Sunday.