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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit the top, but is it really a win?

tmnt.0.0This weekend the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles managed to get out of the shadows to the top of the box office, but there wasn’t much spring in their step. Here’s what went down:

Coming off a fairly strong franchise reboot in 2014, it’s hard to look at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as much of a hit. The film debut at number one with $33.7 million, but that’s far off from the original’s $65.5 opening bow. Even though audiences who went out to see the film seemed to enjoy it, there simply wasn’t enough of them to really deem this sequel a success. I’ll be surprised if it even manages to cross $100 million in North America.

Speaking of the magic century mark, X-Men: Apocalypse managed to cross it this weekend, bringing in $22 million to raise its two week total to $116 million in North America. Once again, this is not a good number. The film dropped a massive 66% week to week, and is poised to be the one of, if not the least successful entry in the franchise.

As for the rest of the top five, Me Before You had an excellent third place debut with $18.3 million. With a production budget of $20 million, this one will be an easy summer success story. Alice Through The Looking Glass fell to fourth place with $11 million. The Angry Birds Movie closed things out in fifth place with $9.2 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shell – $35 million
2) X-Men: Apocalypse – $22 million
3) Me Before You – $20 million
4) Alice Through The Looking Glass – $15 million
5) The Angry Birds Movie– $10 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shell – $33.7 million
2) X-Men: Apocalypse – $22 million
3) Me Before You – $18.3 million
4) Alice Through The Looking Glass – $11 million
5) The Angry Birds Movie– $9.2 million

Next weekend sees the release of The Conjuring 2, Now You See Me 2 and Warcraft. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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About Andy Burns

Andy Burns is the Interactive Content Editor for SiriusXM Canada, and has been the Editor-In-Chief of the pop culture website Biff Bam Pop! since its inception in 2008. He is also a Staff Writer for Rue Morgue Magazine. Andy's book, Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks, was published in 2015 by ECW Press. His next book, on Stephen King's The Stand, will be published by Cemetery Dance in 2018.

Posted on June 5, 2016, in box office predictions, General, movies and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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