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Box Office Report

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Open In 1st; Sequel Announced


Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opened with an estimated $65 million in the United States. The Jonathan Liebesman-directed film, whose four main characters are motion capture CGI animation, didn’t reach the heights of last weekend’s $94.3 million debut for Guardians of the Galaxy, but it handily beat the $24.3 million debut of the 2007 Turtles film TMNT. The performance was good enough that this morning Paramount announced a Turtles sequel planned for release on June 3, 2016.

The Turtles were followed in second place by Guardians of the Galaxy, which pulled in an estimated $41.5 million in its second weekend, boostings its total to $175.9 million. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took ninth place in its fifth weekend, with $4.4 million and a domestic total of $197.8 million. Planes: Fire & Rescue has plummeted quickly, and ranked 10th with $2.4 million and overall $53 million.

After nine weeks in theaters, How to Train Your Dragon 2 has grossed just over $170 million in the U.S., almost $50 million less than the original. Meanwhile, the fim scored an additional $12.2 million from foreign territories last weekend for an international total of $319.4 million. That pushes its global gross to $489.5M, which is just shy of the original’s $494.9M. The sequel will surpass the original film this week.

  • Be afraid. Be very afraid (of more Turtles)

  • And now for an anonymous poll: Of the people that sunk this estimated $65 million into TMNT’s opening weekend, how many saw it out of genuine interest…..and how many saw it just to see if it was as bad as feared?

  • Evan Hogan

    Why there really making a sequel…

  • Harrison

    Well at least Guardians of the Galaxy earned the money and reception it deserved.

  • Mister Twister

    >sequel announced
    Oh Hollywood, how I hate thee…

  • Pedro Nakama

    Sequel? I don’t want a sequel. I want a motorcycle.

  • Toonio

    How long before people realize the tons of crap dumped in front of them before a Hollywood bubble? nobody knows.

  • DangerMaus

    So turtle shlong can draw a crowd. lol

  • Don’t mean to sound like a dick or noth’n, but I was kinda hoping this movie would tank..

    • People are foolish enough to lose their 10 bucks I guess.

  • Joshua

    The movie was good, some problems but good

  • chris bennett

    Oh good. Ninja Turtles can REALLY go the way of Transformers with more crappy movies.

  • Ravlic

    So much for Dragon 2 being a failure. Today’s studios are ridiculously spoiled.
    And I did not expect Guardians to be any good based on the trailer, this is a pleasant surprise.

    And of course SEQUELS! Because anything that doesn’t bomb deserves a sequel and another one and another one. Why give a chance to original content? Originality is such a huge risk, just adapt something to draw in the familiar crowd. Perhaps in the future original content will go extinct and the only thing playing in the theaters will be remade remakes of remakes and sequels of sequels and the internet will be the only place where original content can be found. Oh wait, that’s dominated by fanart and fanfiction. Nevermind.

    • Ryoku240

      “Originality is such a huge risk, just adapt something to draw in the familiar crowd”

      We only have ourselves to blame for this. Look at the most popular videos on youtube, are they original or does it feature video gamesmovies in some way?

      If anything todays on demand videosmovies and merciless market saturation only re reinforce our fear of the unfamiliar.

      The only way that we’re going to change the system is to change ourselves.

      • ravlic

        Actually, I’d argue that popular videos reek of the other extreme of originality, the one that tries to string together as much unrelated randomness as it can. For instance, Gangam style and Look at my horse. Similar reasons for popularity include making annoying sounds (Pewdiepie, What does the fox say) and acting like a clinically retarded person (howtobasic). People apparently like new stuff as long as it doesn’t make them think or appreciate it beyond “haha this part has nothing to do with the part that came before it”.

  • awtew

    I turned down a job at ILM because they wanted me to work on this crap.

    • Ryoku240

      I imagine the pay would have to be pretty high to endure animating these appalling designs.

      • DangerMaus

        Yeah. I was never a big fan of this franchise, comic or film, but these character designs have to be the most hideous looking iterations of the characters ever.

        • Ryoku240

          One of the things that was nice about the original animated series is that it didn’t take itself too seriously, I mean, its mutant turtles for petes sake!

          But these days we CANNOT have silly action films, so be prepared to have the edgiest bad-ass shellbacks spout epic one-liners and share their TRAGIC back-stories of how their moms were shot in cold blood!

  • Platynews

    ” The Jonathan Liebesman-directed film, whose four main characters are motion capture CGI animation”

    ….they are the title characters, but I am not so sure if they are the main characters …. unless you count Megan Fox as CGI =P

  • Draw_John

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

  • Ryoku240

    Due to the likes of focus groups and market nonsense, I can safely tell people who hate filmsTV shows “You asked for it! You and everyone else!”.

  • Inkan1969

    I expect this movie to be heavily front-loaded, because there’s lots of bad word of mouth about it.

    Is the new CGI cartoon series currently on Nickelodeon directly connected to this film? What do people here think of that series?

  • DC

    This is the worst news I’ve heard since Transformers 4 opened at #1. Actually, this is worse…