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Weekend box office: 'Ninja Turtles' cut down 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” was, a bit surprisingly, the number one movie at the box office this weekend. The reboot of the classic franchise that has been a cartoon and comic favorite for years went up against last weekend’s number one movie, the smash hit “Guardians of the Galaxy”. “Ninja Turtles”, which was produced by Michael Bay, didn’t gross as much as Bay’s “Transformers” series, opening with $65 million. While that’s still a high opening, a lot of “Ninja Turtles” fans weren’t satisfied with the style presented in this new movie early on, so it likely didn’t attract as large of an audience as a result. “Guardians of the Galaxy”, meanwhile, still did good numbers in second place, grossing $41.5 million.

Megan Fox plays reporter April O'Neil in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Paramount Pictures

Out of the weekend’s other three new wide releases, “Into the Storm” performed the best. The thriller about a town pulverized by tornados is like the found-footage version of “Twister”, and it probably didn’t hurt that it was released right on the heels of the similarly ridiculous “Sharknado 2”. “Into the Storm” came in third with $18.01 million.

Meanwhile, the drama “The Hundred-Foot Journey”, about rival restaurants, debuted in fourth with $11.1 million, while the “Step Up” franchise may have finally lost popularity among moviegoers. The latest installment, “Step Up: All In”, flopped with only a $6.5 million debut, coming in sixth.

The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.

1. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”: $65 million

2. “Guardians of the Galaxy”: $41.5 million

3. “Into the Storm”: $18.01 million

4. “The Hundred-Foot Journey”: $11.1 million

5. “Lucy”: $9.3 million

6. “Step Up: All In”: $6.5 million

7. “Hercules”: $5.7 million

8. “Get On Up”: $5.01 million

9. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”: $4.4 million

10. “Planes: Fire and Rescue”: $2.4 million

11. “The Purge: Anarchy”: $2.29 million

12. “A Most Wanted Man”: $2.22 million

Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.

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