This was another great weekend for geeks as the month’s second comic book based property TMNT (aka Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) won at the box office with an estimated $25.4 million in 3,110 theatres, averaging over $8,000 per theatre. Budgeted at $34 million, the 3D animated action film directed by Kevin Munroe seems to have successfully revived the franchise that ground to a halt in the ’90s by nearly matching the opening weekend of the original movie back in 1990.
Dropping down to second place in its third weekend, Warner Bros.’ March record-setter 300, based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel, held up well by adding another $20.5 million to its box office take, a mere 38% difference from last week, as the historic war epic crossed the $160 million mark. The top 2 placement by Warner Bros. was a great testament to the company’s marketing department that had promoted both movies heavily at San Diego Comic-Con and on the web for the last few months.
Check out the ComingSoon.net’s Box Office Report for the complete listing of the Top 12 movies of the weekend.
Source: Box Office Mojo, Edward Douglas