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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 edges so-so weekend in US

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Story by Jack Foley

TEENAGE Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows took the top spot at the US box office this weekend despite coming in some way behind the opening gross of the original.

The Michael Bay-produced, family-friendly movie took $35.3 million, more than 46% behind the 2014 reboot. It cost $135 million to make.

David Green directs TMNT 2, which brings back returning stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett as well as Laura Linney, Stephen Amell, Tyler Perry, Noel Fisher and Jeremy Howard.

In taking the top spot, however, the turtle sequel ousted X-Men: Apocalypse, which dropped sharply by 66% in its second weekend, to $22.3 million, bringing its US total to $116.5 million.

The news was better for X-Men overseas, however, where it earned a further $84.4 million for a foreign total of $286 million and $400 million globally.

The Bryan Singer-directed sequel – his fourth film in total for the franchise and second since returning to the fray with Days of Future Past – especially impressed in China, where it debuted with $59 million, to land the second-best showing for a Fox title after the rerelease of Titanic.

Elsewhere in the US, tear-jerker Me Before You over-performed with $18.3 million to land third spot. The film, based on the book by Jojo Moyes about a young woman caring for a man who was paralyzed in a tragic accident, stars Emilia Clarke (of Game of Thrones fame) and Sam Claflin (of The Hunger Games).

Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass continued to struggle in its second weekend, coming in fourth with an estimated $10.7 million – bringing its US total to $50.8 million.

The follow-up to Tim Burton’s money-spinning Alice in Wonderland has been hit by both bad reviews and the negative press surrounding its leading man, Johnny Depp, in the wake of his divorce proceedings with Amber Heard.

Animated family film The Angry Birds Movie rounded out the top five in the US in its third weekend with $10.8 million. Globally, the video game adaptation has now cleared $283.5 million, including a solid $86.7 million in the US.

The only other new release of note in the US was Universal’s mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, starring Andy Samberg as a Justin Bieber-like pop-star who lives a ridiculous lifestyle while trying to build a solo career after headlining a popular boy band. The film could only land eighth spot with a lacklustre $4.6 million.

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