Somehow, Michael Bay always manages to have the last laugh over critics, at least when it comes to his movies’ opening weekend performances.
His new vision of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been roughed up by critics (and it was actually directed by Jonathan Liebesman, but produced by Bay) just like Transformers: Age of Extinction was earlier this summer. And once again, it makes no difference, as Variety is reporting that TMNT will easily win the box office race, possibly headed for $65 million in its first three days of release.
In its second weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy is projected to finish in second place and pull in $42 million. That’s a 55 percent drop from its record August opening, just a tad under the second weekend fall-offs for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3, which all declined 56 to 58 percent in revenue between their first two weekends.
So this battle between comic book movies turned out to be an easy victory for the Turtles, not because the Guardians didn’t do what was expected, but because the Heroes in a Half Shell are proving much more popular than pundits expected. Or maybe Bay is a mutant too, one with the power to make his films immune to critics. That’s pretty handy in his line of work.