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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles retains US top spot as Expendables 3 flops

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Story by Jack Foley

TEENAGE Mutant Ninja Turtles has retained its place at the top of the US box office – but Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables 3 has flopped despite its biggest all-star cast to date.

The Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took $28.4 million in its second weekend to hold off competition from newcomers including Expendables and buddy cop comedy Let’s Be Cops. It has now taken $117.6 million in the US alone and a sequel is already in development.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy also performed well in its third weekend, holding onto second spot at the US top box office with $24.7 million for a US total of $222.3 million. Globally, it has now surpassed the $400 million mark.

The good news for the holdover titles meant bad news for Stallone’s Expendables, who could only blast their way to fourth spot despite the newly added fire power of Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and more.

The three-quel took $16.2 million, which was $10 million less than hoped, and considerably below the $34.8 million for the original film (or $28.6 million for the sequel in August 2012). And this was despite a lower certificate this time around in a bid to grab more teen audiences.

Hence, The Expendables 3 languished in fourth spot, even falling behind fellow new release Let’s Be Cops – starring New Girl‘s Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr – which opened to $17.7 million for the weekend and $26.1 million for its previous two days.

That left The Giver, starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and Brenton Thwaites, to close out the top five with $12.8 million. The film is an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s faith-based 1993 young adult novel of the same name.

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