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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2' Animated movie tops box office with $35.3 million as 'Popstar' flops

Paramount spent 135 million dollars on the latest "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," and released the picture across 4,071 locations.

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"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" debuted to a disappointing 35.3 million Dollars over the weekend, becoming the latest sequel this year to fall short of expectations.

The pizza-munching reptiles' opening weekend was roughly half of the 65.6 million Dollars that its predecessor, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," debuted to in 2014, illustrating that not all franchises were created equal.

Several film series had struggled at the box office in recent months, with "Alice Through the Looking Glass’’ and "The Huntsman: Winter's War’’ losing millions, and other sequels and spin-offs such as "Kung Fu Panda 3" and "X-Men: Apocalypse," failing to match the grosses of previous installments.

Character poster for "Alice Through the Looking Glass" play

Character poster for "Alice Through the Looking Glass"

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"Captain America: Civil War," which plays more like an "Avengers" chapter given the presence of Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man than a star-spangled follow-up, did beat the slump, going on to earn over 1.1 billion dollars globally.

Paramount spent 135 million dollars on the latest "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," and released the picture across 4,071 locations.

It would look to foreign audiences to try to bolster the underwhelming domestic returns.

So far, the situation overseas was more promising. The film opened in 40 international markets, including Russia, Mexico, and the United Kingdom, earning 34 million dollars.

There were still several major territories left to open, the biggest being China on July 2.

The return of the turtles was enough to knock "X-Men: Apocalypse" from the top spot on the stateside charts.

X-Men Apocalypse play

X-Men Apocalypse


The superhero sequel slid more than 65 per cent to earn 22.3 dollars for a second place finish. The latest "X-Men" had earned 116.5 million dollars since debuting over Memorial Day.

In third place, New Line and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer scored with the modestly budgeted "Me Before You."

The story of a caregiver (Emilia Clarke from "Game of Thrones") who falls in love with a paralysed millionaire (Sam Claflin) opened to a solid 18.3 million dollars.

Me Before You Poster play

Me Before You Poster


Shot for just over 20 million dollars, "Me Before You" appealed heavily to women, with females making up more than 80 per cent of the opening weekend audience.

The weekend's other new release, the music parody "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping," collapsed at the box office, scraping together a disastrous 4.6 million dollars from 2,311 locations.

Universal spent 20 million dollar on the documentary that stars Andy Samberg as a Justin Bieber-like music prodigy and reunites the comedian with his Lonely Island band.

Rounding out the top five, were Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" with 10.7 million dollars and Sony's "The Angry Birds Movie" with 9.7 million dollars, pushing the family films' grosses to 50.8 million dollars and million dollars respectively.

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