‘Ninja Turtles’ Tops ‘Guardians’ at Weekend Box Office

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Despite terrible reviews, the Michael Bay-produced reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beat expectations by more than $20 million, raking in an estimated $65 million in its first weekend in theaters. The film grossed an additional $28.7 million from global openings, earning $93.7 million globally. With a strong opening weekend, Paramount has announced a sequel set for June 2016!

The film might not have resonated with the critics, however that didn’t matter a lot to its core target audience: kids. Moviegoers overall rated the Michael Bay-produced movie with a lackluster cinema score, kids however were way more enthusiastic, giving the film an overall A.

Guardians of the Galaxy took second place with $41.5 million, falling an expected 56 percent from its blockbuster debut. For comparison’s sake, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor:The Dark World fell 57 percent in weekend two, while Iron Man 3 fell 58 percent. Guardians has grossed $175.9 million in its first 10 days and could turn out to be one of the highest grossing films of the year. Disney and Marvel’s sci-fi space opera is also doing quite well internationally: Its worldwide total is $313 million, with debuts in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Japan, and China still to come.

Top Five Movies

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — $65 million (new)
2. Guardians of the Galaxy — $41.53 million (domestic total: $175.9 million)
3. Into the Storm — $18 million (new)
4. The Hundred-Foot Journey — $11.12 million (new)
5. Lucy — $9.3 million ($97.4 million domestic total)

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