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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' box office lands film at No. 1 already

The "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" box office has already been impressive for Paramount. The opening weekend numbers for the 2014 "TMNT" film are estimated at $62 million for the first four days. According to a report from Entertainment Weekly on Saturday (Aug. 9), the film brought in $25.6 million between late Thursday (Aug. 7) and Friday (Aug. 8) showings. It puts the film on pace to blow away the competition at the box office this weekend.

Megan Fox at TMNT 2014 premiere.
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The premiere of "TMNT" was attended by quite a few celebrities.
Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Box Office Mojo has listed the production budget for this film at $125 million, suggesting it could earn all that money back in the first three weeks of the U.S. box office alone. That doesn't even bring into account the money the film could make overseas as it starts to open up in foreign markets. Films of this genre tend to have good "legs" in other countries and the expectation is already there that it could make millions quite easily by following that route.

The success of the 2014 "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film might also get Megan Fox back on the radar of Hollywood. She hasn't had a real hit since her time in the "Transformers" series, but seems to have easily stepped back into the spotlight through the role of April O'Neil. She was notable in the 2012 release "This is 40" as well as in "Friends with Kids" from 2011, but those weren't wildly successful films at the box office during their runs

If the film continues to keep her in the spotlight, fans might be able to forget about her roles in "Jonah Hex" from 2010 and "Jennifer's Body" in 2009. The other recognizable stars in the new "TMNT" film are Will Arnett (Vernon Fenwick), William Fichtner (Eric Sacks), and Whoopi Goldberg (Bernadette). With continued success could come sequels as well, especially if the first series of three films in the early 90s are any indication of where the producers could take this one.