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SUNDAY UPDATE Cowabunga!: "Ninja Turtles" Rock To $65 Million Weekend As The Late Summer Hits Just Keep On Coming

Photo of Jim Amos By Jim Amos | Box Office Insider August 9, 2014 at 11:57AM

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is the latest entry in the late summer hit parade as the reptiles debuted with an astonishing $65 million, easily distancing themselves from "Guardians of the Galaxy", which fell 56% to an estimated $41.4 million
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


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.

Into the Storm

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

The Hundred-Foot Journey

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

OTHER NOTABLES
BOYHOOD---IFC---$2.0 MILLION
WHAT IF---CBS---$130,000 (20 locations-$6,500 per screen average)

This article is related to: This Week's Predictions, Hit or Miss, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hundred-Foot Journey, Step Up: All In, Into the Storm


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