Weekend Box Office: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Opened to No. 1

The Michael Bay-produced live-action version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has stellar opening weekend and took in an estimated $65 million at North American theaters.

The heroes in a half shell pushed aside superhero misfits in Guardians of the Galaxy who collected $41.5 million in its second weekend. On Sunday, Paramount announced a sequel release date set for June 3rd, 2016! “Whoa, oh, oh, oh – they’re radioactive, radioactive!”

Not to mention, the revival of the 1990s Ninja Turtle franchise received mostly negative reviews.

Warner Bros. failed to draw significant attention for Into the Storm, the $50 million tornado drama that arrived as more of a gentle rain; it earned roughly $18 million on its first weekend.

Another new release, the Helen Mirren foodie drama The Hundred-Foot Journey produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, took in about $11.1 million, slightly better than expected.

Fifth place went to Luc Besson’s sci-fi action thriller Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson, which generated $9.3 million in sales, for a three-week total of $97.4 million.

Step Up All In, the fifth entry in the long-running dancing-and-drama series, earned just $6.58 million on its opening weekend, which is roughly half of the opening-weekend total of its 2012 franchise predecessor.

The Expendables 3, Weinstein Company’s The Giver, and 20th Century Fox’s comedy Let’s Be Cops open next weekend.

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All U.S. movie box-office figures provided by Box-Office Mojo.

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