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TMNT rule at box office, Turtles sequel due in 2016

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

 
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Casting a wide net and drawing children and young adults who remembered the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from their youth, the new movie nudged aside “Guardians of the Galaxy” and vaulted to No. 1. 
 
Variety reports that Paramount will make a sequel to the “Turtles,” to be released into theaters June 3, 2016. Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes will return as a producer, and screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (“Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”) will handle the second movie.
 
Here are the early weekend box office numbers, according to Rentrak: 
 
1. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” — $65,000,000.
2. “Guardians of the Galaxy” — $41,531,000, for $175,922,000 to date. 
3. “Into the Storm” — $18,015,000.
4. “The Hundred-Foot Journey” — $11,123,000.
5. “Lucy” — $9,330,855, bringing its North American total to $97,353,660 so far. 
6. “Step Up All In” — $6,575,000.
7. “Hercules” — $5,700,000, for $63,461,247 to date. 
8. “Get On Up” — $5,012,070, or $22,926,680 so far. 
9. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” — $4,400,000, or $197,833,624 since release. 
10. “Planes: Fire & Rescue” — $2,419,000, for  52,950,000 to date. 
 
In other news from senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian at Rentrak, “Guardians of the Galaxy” has grossed $313 million globally in 10 days, with openings still to come in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Japan and China. Chris Pratt is pictured below.
 
“Maleficent” starring Angelina Jolie has hit $736 million globally, making it the third highest grossing global release of 2014 and highest grossing original movie. 
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