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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles top US box office with strong $65 million

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Bay’s reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has topped the US box office with a hefty $65 million opening figure.

In doing so, the family friendly film – starring Megan Fox – toppled last week’s winner, Guardians of the Galaxy, which took another solid $41.5 million to secure second spot.

Internationally, both films also performed well. TMNT opened to $97.3 million globally, prompting Paramount boss Brad Grey and producer Bay to immediately announce a sequel, which is now set for release on June 3, 2016.

While Guardians – which also has a sequel now in the works – pulled in a further $40.1 million for an international haul of $137.3 million and a combined world total of $313.2 million.

The success of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot marks a major triumph for Paramount and vidicated the faith placed in it. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman and also starring Will Arnett and William Fichtner, the film had been expected to debut in the $50 million to $55 million range.

Commenting on the figures, Paramount Film Group president Adam Goodman told The Hollywood Reporter: “Launching a new take on the turtles into the feature film world was a daunting task because as fans of them ourselves, we felt a great responsibility to ensure audiences were going to experience everything they loved about the turtles, while also getting to see them brought to life in a way they had never been seen before.”

Elsewhere in the US top five, another new release – the tornado disaster flick Into The Storm, starring Britain’s Richard Armitage – took $18 million for third spot.

Disney release The Hundred-Foot Journey, about dueling French and Indian chefs in a small French town, came fourth with $11.1 million, while Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy came fifth with $9.3 million.

The fifth instalment in the Step Up franchise, All In, failed to make the top five, opening in sixth spot with a franchise low $6.6 million.

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