Ninja Turtles in box office romp

2014-08-11 16:00

Los Angeles  - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles romped to the top of the US box office, dethroning Guardians of the Galaxy in their first weekend in theatres, industry figures showed on Sunday.

The fighting turtles, on a mission to save New York from the clutches of evil-doers, made off with $65m in receipts, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

Starring Megan Fox, the latest reboot of the Ninja Turtle franchise handily overtook Guardians of the Galaxy, which dropped to number two with a $41.5m gross following a stellar $94m debut the weekend before.

Animals and extra-terrestrial superheros got little competition, with tornado disaster flick Into the Storm a distant third with an $18m take at the box office its first weekend out.
Fourth was another newcomer, The Hundred Foot Journey, a romantic comedy with Helen Mirren and Om Puri as culture-clashing restaurateurs. It made $11.1m.

French action film Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as a drug mule with telekinetic powers, was fifth with $9.3m in its third week in theaters.

It came in ahead of dance film Step Up All In, the fifth in a series, this one featuring struggling dancers in a televised contest in Las Vegas. It grossed $6.5m its first week in theatres.

Seventh place with $5.7m went to Hercules, starring Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson.

Get On Up, a biopic about US soul singer James Brown, dropped to eighth place from third, bringing in $5m its second weekend out.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the critically praised latest installment in the sci-fi film series about apes co-existing with humans, drew $4.4m for ninth place.

Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue, the computer-animated movie about a talking plane that helps firefighters save a national park, made $2.4m, leaving it in tenth place.

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