“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” destroyed everything in its path on its way to a $65 million this weekend. $65 freaking million, see kids? This is why we can’t have nice things. This is also why Michael Bay will continue to destroy my childhood for years to come.
Not surprisingly, Paramount says the audience for Turtles was 55 percent over the age of 25. But with poor reviews (19 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and “Meh” word-of-mouth (“B” CinemaScore) its unlikely “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” will hold up well in coming weeks.
My guess is a ton of people went to see this movie out of curiosity more than anything. And to stare at Megan Fox’s weird thumbs. Regardless of the reason, Paramount is happy with the results and they announced Sunday a TMNT sequel for June 3rd, 2016.
In second place, :Guardians of the Galaxy” fell 56 percent to $41.5 million. That’s a big drop for a movie with solid reviews and excellent word-of-mouth. the good news s that Guardians has earned $175.9 million domestically, and $137 million overseas.
“Into the Storm” opened in third place with an estimated $18 million. That’s on par with director Steven Quale’s “Final Destination 5,” which opened to $18 million around the same time three years ago. The audience was 58 percent female and 71 percent over the age of 25. They awarded the movie a “B” CinemaScore.
Third place isn’t bad, but you gotta remember another tornado movie, “Twister” opened to $41 million back in 1996. For reasons I don’t understand yet, I saw “Into the Storm” over te weekend. Expect my review in the next couple of days.
The Hundred-Foot Journey” opened in a distant fourth place with an estimated $11.1 million. That’s below similar August releases like “Eat Pray Love” ($23.1 million) and “Julie & Julia” ($20 million). But with strong word-of-mouth and an audience that skews older (69 percent over the age of 35), “The Hundred-Foot Journey” could still have a decent run. Plus remember: this movie only cost $22 million to produce.
I also saw “The Hundred-Foot Journey” over the weekend, so expect my review once I recover from my vacation hangover.
Your top five movies this weekend:
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — $65 million
2. Guardians of the Galaxy — $41.53 million (domestic total: $175.9 million)
3. Into the Storm — $18 million
4. The Hundred-Foot Journey — $11.12 million
5. Lucy — $9.3 million ($97.4 million domestic total)