25 March 2007

Turtles Power into 1st


Donatello and Co were able to take first place at the box office this weekend with $25.5 million. While its true that they beat out the 300, let us not forget that the 300 has already been out 3 weeks. What is impressive is that TMNT came out on top of a weekend loaded with 6 new releases.

So how does TMNT stack up to previous releases? 17 years ago, the original Turtles hit during the heyday of turtledom with a $25.4 million opening and went on to earn $135 million. The sequel (co starring the Ice man Vanilla Ice) came in 1991 and opened with $20 million on the road to $79 million. 1993 brought part 3 - Turtles in Time which opened with just $12 million totaling only $42 million.

Given that nowadays films are more front loaded, TMNT looks to peter out around $75 to $85 million. Still, budgeted at a modest $34 million, there is a good chance there will be more turtles coming - and hopefully the return of Shredder.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The Movie

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