TURBO scores in its opening weekend

As Whiplash says to Theo, the main character in "Turbo": "You've clearly got the skills to pay the bills! If snails have to pay bills, that is."

The DreamWorks Animation 3D feature film about a common garden snail who finds his dreams of competing in the Indianapolis 500 realized through a comedic course of circumstances, will certainly be able to pay all the bills.

The movie, which opened this past week in 3,806 theaters and features the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IZOD IndyCar Series, is a smash at the box office (estimated $31.5 million earned) since its premiere July 17 and with reviewers. It was the second-highest grossing movie of the weekend for new releases.

It is DreamWorks Animation's second release under its distribution arrangement with 20th Century Fox; the first movie, "The Croods," was a resounding success with $185.8 million at the domestic box office and almost $400 million overseas.

A sampling of reviews:

The engaging 'Turbo,' with the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti and Snoop Dogg, is as clever as 'racing snails' suggests.
-- Los Angeles Times


This little family flick’s message about never giving up on your dreams is basic — but it may come up fast on young audiences. “Turbo” addresses it nicely and never feels sluggish.
-- New York Daily News


DreamWorks' latest zips into theaters, bringing a few big messages along with it.
-- MTV


Making playful use of 3D along the way, the CG toon zips past the obstacle of convincing the organizers to allow a snail to compete in the Indy 500, nimbly juggling the mismatched racers' differences in scale on the track itself.
-- Variety