Kowabunga, dude! The pizza-loving, sewer-living “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” owned the top spot with a $65 million debut dethroning Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The impressive feat landed the live action remake in fourth place among all-time August openings. Due to the success, Paramount Pictures announced plans to release a sequel on June 3rd, 2016. As for the future of the first film, "TMNT” and “Guardians” will battle to remain on top when the highly anticipated “The Giver” arrives in theaters.
Megan Fox stars as fearless reporter April O’Neil in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Initially intending to track down the turtles for a story, Miss O’Neil winds up helping Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), Leonard (Johnny Knoxville) and Donatello (Jeremy Howard) fight to save New York City. Darkness has settled across the Big Apple as kingpin Shredder and his Evil Foot Clan hold a tight influential grip on the city’s police and politics. The Jonathan Leibesman action/comedy has a PG-13 rating for Sci-Fi action violence.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” slipped to second place during its second week in the box office garnering an admirable $41.5 million. Chris Pratt leads the cast as his quirky and heister character Peter Quill befriends four alien outlaws to escape an inter-galactic prison in order to save the universe. After being imprisoned for stealing a coveted orb that houses a powerful stone, Quill and his new found friends set out on a mission to prevent it from falling into the villainous Ronan’s hands. Pratt stars alongside Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper and Dave Bautista. The exciting Sci-Fi has a PG-13 rating for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and language.
Newbie “Into the Storm” premiered to third place with $18 million. Attracting thrill-seeking audiences, the Steven Quale directed film follows brave storm trackers and local citizens as they document the vicious descent of tornados ripping through their town. The action/thriller has a PG-13 rating for sequences of intense destruction and peril, language and some sexual references.
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” was the fourth watched movie of the weekend, earning $11.1 million during its debut. Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) and his family come under fire for wanting to open an Indian restaurant one hundred feet away from a Madame Mallory’s (Helen Mirren) successful French restaurant. Malloy’s fiery protest come as Kadam and his family attempt to settle in the South of France after being displaced from their native home in India. Things quickly take a turn when Kadam falls in love with Malloy’s sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon). The two cultures wind together and Mallory takes Kadam under her wing after recognizing his culinary talents. The upcoming drama has a PG rating for thematic elements, some violence, language and brief sensuality.
Rounding out the top five is Scarlett Johansson’s Sci-Fi “Lucy” adding $9.3 million to its $97.5 million domestic earnings. Johansson stars as Lucy, a woman caught in a dark deal. Lucy expands her brain capacity after a super drug implanted in her stomach leaks into her system. “Lucy” has an R rating for strong violence, disturbing images and sexuality.