“Turtles” Opens to $65 Million at Box Office; Sequel Announced

“Turtles” Opens to $65 Million at Box Office; Sequel Announced

by Justin Cook

After Guardians of the Galaxy’s major success at the box office last weekend, raking in $94 million domestically, the new film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proved to be no slouch either.

The Michael Bay-produced film is on its way to becoming a major financial success with grossing $65 million in its debut weekend at the box office. That’s a fantastic number for the pizza-loving “heroes in a half shell.” How fantastic? Paramount has already announced a Turtles sequel.

The film is due out on June 3, 2016 and Michael Bay will be back as a producer, along with the film’s screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec. From all markets worldwide the film added another $28 million to its gross so far. Poor reviews, which include a 19% Tomatometer average on Rotten Tomatoes, didn’t seem to hurt the film’s numbers at all this weekend.

Meanwhile, in its second weekend at the box office,  Galaxy came in second with $41.5 million, which is a 56% drop from last weekend. The drop is a fairly standard one for Marvel films in their second weekends, but many were hoping that it would be able to hold up better considering that Galaxy got an “A” from Cinemascore and that buzz surrounding the film was strong and plentiful.

Regardless, Galaxy is still on track to become the highest-grossing film of the year so far. Its domestic total is up to $175.9 million, higher than any other film this year at this point in their box office run.

In third was the disaster film Into the Storm with $18 million, which is a fine debut for the film which currently is sporting a 21% average on the Tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes and a “B” Cinemascore. The film’s audience was 58% female and 71% over the age of 25. Warner Bros. Distribution President Dan Fellman said, “It’s never my wish to open at number 3, but I’m happy being their today looking at the competitive environment.”

The Hundred-Foot Journey came in fourth with $11.1 million playing in 2,023 theaters in the US. The film, which was made for $22 million, could stand to make a profit in weeks to come when older audiences start heading to the theaters.

In fifth was Lucy, with $9.3 million, well on its way to the $100 million dollar mark, with its domestic sum up to $97.4 million.

Step Up All In made a measly $6.6 million, which is a major disappointment for the film. Each Step Up installment has made less than the one before it, and this is no exception. Despite its poor debut in the US, the film made a stronger $26.2 million in foreign markets.

Quote Source: Variety

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