Ninja Turtles Rule Box Office

Leonardo and co. defeat Guardians of the Galaxy

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Aug 10, 2014 4:36 PM CDT

(Newser) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sliced off $65 million at the weekend box office, and the totally tubular ticket sales prompted the studio to announce plans today for a sequel set for June 3, 2016. 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. "This is the third weekend in a row we've had a film overperform," an analyst says after the success of Guardians of the Galaxy.

A Paramount exec 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 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," she said. Guardians 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 stands at $313.2 million. Total box office sales for the past two weekends have beaten last year's, analysts tell the Wall Street Journal.

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows characters Raphael and Leonardo, right, in a scene from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows characters Raphael and Leonardo, right, in a scene from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."   (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Industrial Light & Magic)
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