It looks like a pizza party may be in order.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brought in an estimated $25.6 million on its first day in theaters, including $4.6 million from screenings on Thursday night. Though it was widely expected to be in a tight race for No. 1 with Guardians of the Galaxy, TMNT more than doubled the estimated Friday earnings of Marvel’s reigning champ ($12.34 million).
The big opening day puts the $125 million Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies reboot on track to take in around $62 million this weekend, beating analyst and studio estimates of a $40 million start. Audiences were mostly male (61 percent) and age 25 or older (55 percent); they were more receptive to the movie than critics, awarding it a Cinema Score of B, though kids exiting the theaters gave it an A.
The tornado pic Into the Storm (Cinema Score: B) earned an estimated $6.5 million on Friday, likely ending up with around $18 million for the weekend. The Warner Bros. film cost an estimated $50 million to produce.
Disney’s The Hundred-Foot Journey (Cinema Score: A) took fourth place on Friday with $3.65 million. The sentimental foodie pic, starring Helen Mirren and produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, could earn around $10 million this weekend.
Finally, the dancers of Step Up All In (Cinema Score: B+) snagged fifth place with an estimated $2.84 million Friday. The fifth installment in the franchise will likely open lower than any of its predecessors. As of Saturday morning it looks on track to make around $7 million this weekend. With its $2.8 million on Friday, Luc Besson’s Lucy raised its domestic total to $90.8 million.
Here’s the top five:
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — $25.6 million
2. Guardians of the Galaxy — $12.34 million (domestic total: $146.7 million)
3. Into the Storm — $6.51 million
4. The Hundred-Foot Journey — $3.65 million
5. Step Up All In — $2.84 million
In limited release, the indie romantic comedy What If (Cinema Score: A-) starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan grossed an estimated $49,000 from 20 locations.
Check back in tomorrow for full weekend estimates.