"Ninja Turtles" Exceeds Box Office Expectations On Way To $65 Million Weekend

Despite a critical shellacking, the Michael Bay-produced "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film is looking to cry "Booyakasha!" over its opening weekend box office.

Variety reports that the Jonathan Liebesman-directed adaptation pulled in $25.6 million domestically on its opening nights and is on pace to bring in $60 to 65 million by the end of the weekend. This is far more than the $40 million that analysts had expected the poorly reviewed movie to manage. What's more, the film added $6.7 million from 19 international markets including Russia and Mexico.

Elsewhere at the box office, Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" brought in another $12.3 million on Friday on its way to a $42 million second weekend. While that is a 55% drop from the movie's stellar opening weekend, it is on pace for $177 total box office at this point.

The rest of the top of the Friday box office was rounded out by "Into The Storm" ($6.5 million), "The Hundred-Foot Journey" ($3.7 million), "Lucy" ($2.8 million to start its second weekend on pace for $97 million total by Sunday) and "Step Up All In" ($2.8 million).

Stay tuned to CBR for more on this weekend's releases.

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