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Cowabunga! 'Ninja Turtles' bring box-office power

'TMNT' Beats Out 'Guardians' At Weekend Box Office
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" sliced off $65 million at the weekend box office.

Paramount Pictures' comic-book adaptation featuring Megan Fox alongside computer-generated renditions of the pizza-eating, sewer-dwelling superheroes lunged into first place in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The action film's totally tubular result prompted the studio to announce plans Sunday for a sequel set for June 3, 2016.

Megan Colligan, Paramount's head of domestic marketing and distribution, said the success of the "Ninja Turtles" reboot was mostly derived from a pair of distinctly different audiences: men who fondly remembered the 1980s and '90s franchise that spawned a cartoon series, toy line and a live-action film trilogy, and youngsters familiar with a newer Nickelodeon animated TV series.

"It's odd when you have 25- to 35-year-olds and then 7- to 12-year-olds really excited about the same film," Colligan said. "The teen audience was actually the one that wasn't as familiar with the property, so we put a lot of focus on teens. I think we did a great job of getting them out there to see the film, which is so fun, refreshing and unique."

"Ninja Turtles," which also stars Will Arnett and William Fichtner, made an additional $28.7 million in international markets such as Russia, Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan, bringing its worldwide total to a radical $93.7 million.

Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" slid into second place in its second weekend with $41.5 million, bringing its total domestic haul to $175.9 million. The total worldwide box office for the cosmic romp starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista as members of an intergalactic band of do-gooders stands at $313.2 million. Marvel and "Guardians" distributor Disney revealed last month at San Diego Comic-Con that a follow-up is planned for 2017.

"Guardians" and "Ninja Turtles" are coming to the rescue of an otherwise shell-shocked summer box office, which is still down more than 16 percent over a year ago.

"This is the third weekend in a row we've had a film overperform," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Rentrak. "It's finally starting to feel like summer. The perception of August used to be that it was the month of the B-sides, not the hits. The movies are now defining what August can be, not the month defining what the movies should be."

"Lucy" was another recent success. The mind-bending Scarlett Johansson film came in fifth place this weekend with $9.3 million in in its third outing.

Several newcomers debuted distantly behind the heroes on the half-shell this weekend.

The Warner Bros. disaster film "Into the Storm" touched down in third place with $18 million, while the Disney culinary drama "The Hundred-Foot Journey," starring Helen Mirren, arrived in fourth place with $11.1 million. Universal's dance sequel "Step Up All In" popped up in sixth place with $6.5 million.

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.

1. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," $65 million ($28.7 million international).

2. "Guardians of the Galaxy," $41.5 million ($40.1 million international).

3. "Into the Storm," $18 million ($8.3 million international).

4. "The Hundred-Foot Journey," $11.1 million.

5. "Lucy," $9.3 million ($21 million international).

6. "Step Up All In," $6.5 million ($6.5 million international).

7. "Hercules," $5.7 million ($7.2 million international).

8. "Get on Up," $5 million.

9. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," $4.4 million ($29.5 million international).

10. "Planes: Fire & Rescue," $2.4 million ($3.5 million international).

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Rentrak:

1. "Guardians of the Galaxy," $40.1 million.

2. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," $29.5 million.

3. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," $28.7 million.

4. "The Admiral: Roaring Currents," $26.5 million.

5. "Lucy," $21 million.

6. "Transformers: Age of Extinction," $17.4 million.

7. "The Inbetweeners 2," $12.5 million.

8. "How To Train Your Dragon 2," $11.5 million.

9. "Pirates," $11 million.

10. "Into the Storm," $8.3 million.

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trbilbo August 11 2014 at 2:50 AM

Instead of going ghetto and making Leonardo into LEO.... Michelangelo into "MIKEY" et etc...and making them look like street trash... GO BACK o the originals. Ours sons are 20's and 30's and thought it really sucked. Attitude, bad music, forced plot an for god's sake!!//Megan Fox? Why do the keep forcing this no talent into roles that could have USED an actress. The only one worse would have been Kristin Stewart (REALLY bad mouth breather).
Go back to cute and let kids have a childhood without attitude.
This one gets qets a C- at best.

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thestupidtruth August 11 2014 at 2:42 AM

No respect for original storyline. Over CGI'ed. Megan Fox is a failure. Oh yeah and also did I mention, no respect for original story line? Has a couple of funny jokes in it and of course the action. Let's face it. If your part of the new generation of dopes (anyone born after 1988) that refuses to know any better, your going to think this movie is a fine reboot. This movie was made for you in mind. Go ahead and watch it. If your a TRUE TMNT fan this is just a slap in the face. So there you have it, disagree or agree I don't give a damn. This was total crap for me.

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kittenblu thestupidtruth August 11 2014 at 9:02 AM

A true TMNT fan would be happy to see ANY interest in the franchise evolve. You are NOT a true fan, you are a negative person who has nothing good to say about anything so shut your pathetic whiney pie hole.

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Gayle thestupidtruth August 11 2014 at 9:17 AM

Lighten up....it's a movie, no need to be so serious.

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9RRs August 11 2014 at 1:32 AM

Instead of a fake version why didn't they do the original version with real people inside a body suit? The old days was the best and as for Megan Fox she should've kept her original face and stayed in Transformers.

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strmking August 11 2014 at 3:26 AM

These turtles are the worst I have seen. They look like something out of a horror film. I think the turtles of the 80's and 90's are the best

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The Canoli King August 10 2014 at 8:36 PM

Kid's joke...Why did the turtle cross the road? To get to the SHELL STATION. Probably dated.

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twalsh4440 The Canoli King August 11 2014 at 5:48 AM

Love it

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dwtomczyk August 11 2014 at 7:01 AM

silly me thinking turtle's were the animal mistakenly put down the garbage disposal

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throwgoodypalaway August 11 2014 at 10:12 AM

They look awful. They look like supervillain turtles on steroids. Seriously, though. If I didn't know any better, and wasn't overly familiar with the franchise, I'd have guessed they were bad guys. They look evil.

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Juanita K.Jordan August 11 2014 at 1:29 PM

What is the red turtle name?
Blue turtle -- name ?
Green turtle --name ?
Yellow turtle name this ?
My great nephew is four and he love the Ninji Turtles

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mahrmach August 11 2014 at 12:21 PM

They seem kind of creepy??

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Mike August 11 2014 at 11:41 AM

Oh good...I was hoping for a sequel. We don't get enough of those every week.

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