Box Office: “Guardians” and “Ninja Turtles” could be neck-and-neck this weekend

boxIt’s the second weekend of release for the blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy.” And it’s the opening weekend for the $150 million (rumored) Michael Bay produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot.

Will it be a close race at the box office? “Turtles” got terrible reviews, overall. It’s on fewer screens. But if everybody got to see “Guardians” this past week, we could see a dead heat.

Box Office Mojo thinks “Turtles” will do $42 million, which seems a bit high to me. Low end of high expectations, parents who grew up with the turtles taking their kids, etc. That should put it right at or just behind “Guardians,” which could do $42-50 this weekend.

I’m more in line with the Box Office Guru, who figures if Ninja’s take home $36 million, they and we will be lucky. That hardly justifies doing any more of these overly violent kid pictures.

Nobody believes “Into the Storm” will do more than $17 (Guru). And nobody is thinking that the latest “Step Up” movie will do more than $10 (Mojo).

Indifferent reviews have to have hurt the Oprah and Spielberg produced/endorsed “Hundred Foot Journey.” An older audience will find this one, but it will take a few weeks. $8 million opening? Seems about right.



About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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