Box Office Final: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ $65.5M, ‘Guardians’ $42.1M

9th UPDATE, Monday, 1:20 PM: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ended up the three-day weekend with $65.5M, buoyed by the brand recognition from those 25- to 35-year-olds who grew up on them and powered by a very well-executed marketing campaign (which included a national cross-promotion with Pizza Hut). The Michael Bay production charged into the weekend box office on Thursday and just didn’t stop. The film, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, already has sparked a sequel. Paramount and Bay have breathed new life into two new sequels this summer, Turtles and Transformers. The question for Turtles is what will happen next weekend as it was not a favorite of critics (to say the least) and the core audience gave it a B CinemaScore, which usually means an average multiple of 3.2. Its ww total is now of $94.5M.

Source: Deadline

‘Turtles’ Kick Up Box-Office Win

The latest film adaptation of the comic books about crime-fighting reptiles, this one from Viacom Inc. VIAB +0.89% ‘s Paramount Pictures and starring Megan Fox, opened to an estimated $65 million in the U.S. and Canada. The reboot had a production budget of $125 million and is the fifth film featuring the anthropomorphic foursome, who appeared in three live-action features in the 1990s and a computer-animated film in 2007.

Given the strong opening, Paramount said Sunday that it is planning a sequel to be released in June 2016. The latest movie’s success likely derives from its appeal to young adults who were Ninja Turtles fans in childhood.

Paramount specifically marketed to what it called “nostalgics,” people in their late 20s and early 30s who grew up with the characters in films, comic books and a television series, said Megan Colligan, president of domestic marketing and distribution. It isn’t a group that wants to see its childhood characters toyed with, said Ms. Colligan, so the marketing emphasized known traits like the turtles’ love of pizza and penchant for exclaiming “Cowabunga!” About 55% of the opening-weekend audience was older than 25.

I’m so happy for TMNT! 

Source: WSJ

Megan Fox Says ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Is Part of a Movement

After years of being off the air, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are finally making a comeback! The live action movie hits theaters this weekend and Transformers starlet Megan Fox has a starring role in the film, which is exactly why she wants you to see it! According to the actress, the movie isn’t just your stereotypical action movie that dudes everywhere will be flocking to — in fact, she considers it part of a feminist movement.

“[Viewers will] get to follow a female character that is also the hero of the movie,” she said of her role as April. “I think that we’re in this whole sort of movement where young girls can understand that not only is it okay to be strong, it’s wonderful to be strong. And that doesn’t mean you’re bossy, it doesn’t mean you’re a b—, you’re not a nag because you want to be in charge.”

Megan continued to list off her character’s admirable qualities saying that she’s “ambitious,” “courageous,” and “very interested in exposing that she’s been fighting for the truth.”

Sounds pretty amazing, huh? We love how strongly Megan is embracing her role in TMNT, especially since she openly hated her character in Transformers.

Source: J 14

Video Links: Megan Fox: Meet the Actor

Actor Megan Fox talks about her new film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The movie follows four mutant warrior brothers as they fight to save New York City from the grip of archvillain Shredder and his evil Foot Clan, aided by the fearless reporter April O’ Neil (Fox). Click here for the link to access each clips on their website.

This Is What Happens When You Challenge Megan Fox To A Game Of ‘Mortal Kombat’

You might think that between “Transformers,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and her ability to name the entirety of the fellowship in “Lord of the Rings,” Megan Fox would have already earned entry into the hot girl geekdom hall of fame.

But Ms. Fox, never one to rest on her geek laurels, still finds time to be a gamer (when she’s not being a mom and a red-carpet favorite and a believer in all things paranormal).

In the past she’s talked at length about her love for Halo and Mortal Kombat, so we decided to put Fox to the test by going old school. Enter Mortal Kombat. Could she defeat me, a virtual Kombat virgin? The answer is as obvious as the inevitable Turtles sequel.

Extra points for Megan’s heartfelt screams of frustration and triumph throughout our battle. She’s the real deal.

Source: MTV

Box Office: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Nets $4.6M Thursday

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles started its weekend last night with a strong $4.6 million Thursday gross.

It’s a pretty crowded weekend, but there really was only one movie where the Thursday grosses will have much impact on the overall weekend. Not to be rude, but I don’t think Walt Disney’s DIS +1.57% The Hundred-Foot Journey burned up the advance-night preview crowd. For what it’s worth, New Line Cinema’s Into the Storm earned $800,000 on Thursday setting the stage for a $16-$18m debut weekend. But the big new release of the weekend is Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which earned a rock-solid $4.6 million last night from showings starting at around 7:00pm. The bad news is that since it is an August release and since there hasn’t been a TMNT feature film in seven years nor a live-action entry in 21 years, there isn’t much precedent to compare it to. Needless to say, the midnight screening/Thursday preview business was not a roaring one back in 1993.

Offhand, the most likely comparison is last year’s The Wolverine, which earned $4 million on its Thursday debut in late July and ended up with $53m for the weekend. Also of note,Maleficent earned $4m on its opening Thursday in late May of this year and went on to open with $69m.  Now does that mean I think that Jonathan Liebesman’s TMNT reboot is going to earn $55m-70m this weekend?  Doubtful, although I won’t necessarily rule it out. The Wolverine was well-reviewed and part of a trusted brand. The Wolverine earned just 7% of its opening weekend on Thursday, which would have been considered front-loaded just three years ago when 5%-6% was the norm but is now considered leggy when 9%-11% is relatively normal. Maleficent was the only big-game in town for females at that point in the summer, and as such boasted huge mother/daughter matinee business. One advantage of having so few female-centric blockbusters is that the ones that do pop up have the advantage of grabbing the whole pie for itself.

Megan Fox Addicted to Real Housewives: “They’re Like Drugs!”

Megan Fox is a fan of Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise.

Like a really big fan.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star tells me she and hubby Brian Austin Green can’t get enough of the dramaramas.

“I watch all of the Housewives.,” Fox tells me. “Brian watches them, too. They’re addicting. And we talk about it. We’re like, ‘Could you believe Teresa did that?’ They’re like drugs those shows. It’s my worst vice for sure.”

And they really never miss an episode. “We watch them together and we record them if we’re going to be out of town,” Fox said. “There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s just junk food for your brain.”

Source: E Online

‘Ninja Turtles’ and Megan Fox looking to earn at the box office superheroes

 Amid the fever of living cinema superheroes like C apitán America , Iron Man  or X-Men “, the Ninja Turtles  arrive ready to claim their space with a plot dotted with humor and explosive starring Megan Fox.

“There is room for a little more crazy antiheroes” said director Jonathan Liebesman during a recent press conference in Los Angeles to introduce the film, which opens this Friday in Mexico, the United States and most of Latin America.

These turtles make “a parody of superheroes” and the only goal of the film “is to entertain, with no other intention,” said South African filmmaker.

In the film, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo-whose names pay tribute to artists of the Renaissance will try to stop the gangFoot Clan , led by the monster Shredder , threatening the city of New York.

The four reptiles have the help of journalist April O’Neil, played by Fox and TV camera and Vernon suitor, played by Will Arnett. 

Liebesman said that Guardians of the Galaxy , a comedy sci-fi about a band of anti-heroes created by Marvel and produced by Disney, achieved “very good numbers” in its first weekend in theaters in the United States, referring to the 94 million dollars raised, the third biggest opening of the year.

“We are going to do the same this weekend,” forward.

Megan Fox, controversy

The franchise of the Ninja Turtles , born comic book created in 1983 by Kevin Eastman and Peter cartoonists Laird, has given rise to several animated films, video games and a troop of enraged fans.