UPDATED SUNDAY ESTIMATES
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” pull (yet another) late summer surprise, amassing a terrific debut of $65 million this weekend. The film found solid footing with a family crowd (one that admittedly I was skeptical they would get) and also played well late nights. I’m wondering if moviegoers “medicated” themselves for the late shows. Check if the grosses for the 9:30 PM shows were big in Colorado and Washington, for example. A B Cinemascore means that long term prospects for Megan Fox and crew are somewhat suspect but when you’re coming from this high of an opening does it really matter. Oh and by the way, please be seated for this startling piece of information…..a sequel is now being planned. Remain calm, citizens.
Elsewhere, “Guardians of the Galaxy” took the brunt of the Turtles hit, dropping an estimated 56% for the weekend which translates into $41.5 million, still a great second week number.
The other openings included Warner Brothers’ “Into The Storm” which played well in the middle of the country and should top off at $18.0 million this weekend. The film received a B Cinemascore. “The Hundred Foot Journey” nabbed an A Cinemascore and an $11.1 million take for the weekend, placing it fourth. As predicted, “Step Up: All In” was a bit all out and will only manage $6.6 million which is good for only sixth place.
Finally, that whoosh! you hear is “Get On Up” descending the top 10. The James Brown biopic fell a disastrous 63% this weekend.
Below are the current top 10 weekend estimates
1) TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES—PARAMOUNT—$65.0 MILLION
2) GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY–BUENA VISTA—$41.4 MILLION—56% DROP—$175 MILL CUME
3) INTO THE STORM—WARNER BROTHERS—$18.0 MILLION
4) THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY—BUENA VISTA—$11.1 MILLION
5) LUCY—UNIVERSAL—$9.3 MILLION—49% DROP—$97 MILLION CUME
6) STEP UP: ALL IN—LIONSGATE—$6.6 MILLION
7) HERCULES—PARAMOUNT—$5.7 MILLION—49% DROP—$63 MILLION CUME
8) GET ON UP—UNIVERSAL—$5.0 MILLION—63% DROP—$22 MILLION CUME
9) DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES—FOX—$4.4 MILLION—49% DROP—$197 MILLION CUME
10) PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE—BUENA VISTA—$2.4 MILLION—60% DROP—$52 MILLION CUME
WHAT IF—CBS—$130,000 (20 locations-$6,500 per screen average)