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Update: The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2” movie featuring Sheamus came in right at expectations at the weekend box office.
The movie started slow Friday, then had a good Saturday before finishing with an estimated weekend draw of $35.2 million. The prediction was $34.2 million.
The movie was down 46 percent from opening weekend for the first movie, which is an average decline for similar sequels, reports BoxOfficeMojo. Movie studio Paramount is hoping to make up for the dip in revenue and an extra $10 million spent on the sequel through merchandise sales.
WWE star Sheamus has not been featured regularly on TV the past few weeks leading up to the release of a major movie this weekend.
Sheamus plays “Rocksteady” in the new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2” movie also featuring WWE celebrity Stephen Amell.
Sheamus says he got the part through an audition process that went through WWE. He also noted to WWE’s website that he was a big fan of the Turtles growing up, making it special for him that he got the role.
“I ended up getting a call from WWE letting me know about the auditions. I didn’t hear anything for a while and I just thought, ‘It’s such a massive role, I’ll be amazed if I get it,’ but I had to give it a go. My expectations weren’t too high, but I eventually met with one of the producers, talked about my desire for the role and the plan around it, and then I was offered the role,” Sheamus told WWE.
“I can’t tell you how much pressure I felt to do this right. Naturally, with any role like this, you want to take your interpretation of it and add that to the character. There was definitely a lot of pressure, but walking away from the premiere after seeing the movie, I was very happy.”
Sheamus has been busy with media obligations promoting the movie, even traveling to Dublin, Ireland this week to be part of the Irish movie premier.
“Getting a little bit of a break in between WWE shows is fantastic, I get to see the parents, and everyone’s coming to the premiere,” Sheamus told The42 in Ireland. “We’re constantly on the go in the States, but we’re living in Tampa (Florida) and you can’t really walk anywhere. You take it all for granted, but walking around in Dublin (is great).”
The movie is predicted to rank #1 this weekend in U.S. theaters, with a projected domestic box office haul of $34.2 million.