Mirroring the movie itself, it looks like April O’Neil saved the Turtles from being beaten by the Guardians of the Galaxy at the weekend box office.
The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, which is really more of an April O’Neil movie as she saves the Turtles every time they get in trouble, exceeded expectations for a $65 million opening. This is way up from the earlier projected numbers of $40 million to $45 million.
In comparison, Guardians of the Galaxy will make about $42 million this weekend to bring its domestic total up to about $177. Adding in the international grosses, Marvel’s latest franchise is up to a great start despite being dethroned by an April O’Neil movie masquerading as TMNT.