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'Ninja Turtles' Takes Down 'Guardians' with $65 Million at the Box Office

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The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie came in strong this weekend, well above expectations actually, pulling in $65 million despite dreadful reviews (of course that never really matters when your audience is mostly kids) and earning a "B" Cinemascore. People under 25 gave it an "A" though, and since that audience was about 45% of its demo, it explains the big haul. Paramount has already greenlit a sequel, set to come out in 2016.

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Guardians fell to second place, dropping 56% and earning $41.5 million, which is about the normal drop for a Marvel movie. It's already made $175 million so far (over $300 million worldwide) and will probably end up being one of the biggest movies of the year in the end. With no real competitors on the horizon it may end up passing Captain America for the title, since it only has to cross $250 to do so. Into the Storm came in third with $18 million while Disney's The Hundred Foot Journey came in with $11 million, and got an "A" Cinemascore, so it's possible that ends up holding nicely the rest of the summer. Lucy rounded out the top five with $9 million, while the final new release, Step Up All In, came in with just $6.6.

Top 5:

  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- $65 million
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy- $41.5 million
  3. Into the Storm- $18 million
  4. The Hundred Foot Journey- $11.1 million
  5. Lucy- $9.3 million

In the limited release world, A Most Wanted Man and Boyhood both crossed the $10 million milestone, while the Daniel Radcliffe/Zoe Kazan romantic comedy What If grossed $130k from 20 screens. Next week it's The Expendables 3, Let's Be Cops and The Giver, while new indies Frank and The Trip to Italy make their limited debuts. See you then!