Box Office: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2’ Wins wins $35.3-M

Box Office: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2’ Wins wins $35.3-M

Box Office: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2’ Wins wins $35.3-M

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Paramount’s, a unit of Viacon (NASDAQ:VIA) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (TMNT2) easily won the domestic  box-office race over the weekend.

The family-friendly film topped the box office chart with $35.3-M from 3,701 theaters, more than 46% behind the Y 2014 reboot.

The sequel, once again stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett, also launched in 40% of the foreign marketplace at the weekend, grossing $34-M for a global debut of $69.3-M..

TMNT 2 cost $135-M to make and was produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes. It played younger than the Y 2014 film, although both sport a PG-13 rating.

X-Men: Apocalypse finished # 2 in its 2nd frame, declining 66% to $22.3-M from 4,153 locations for a domestic box office of $116.5-M.

Overseas, Apocalypse had no trouble beating the TMTN2, earning $84.4-M from 66 markets for a foreign total of $286-M and crossing the $400-M mark globally.

In North America, New Line and MGM’s romantic tearjerker Me Before You, starring Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) opposite The Hunger Games’ San Claflin, did nicely in its debut, placing #3 with $18.3-M at the box office from 2,704 theaters.

Me Before You is an adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ novel about a young woman caring for a man who was paralyzed in a tragic accident. The film, driven by younger women, nabbed an A CinemaScore. Females made up 81% of the audience, while 53%of the audience was under 35.

 

The weekend’s other new nationwide player was Universal’s, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) 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 $21-M film, targeting younger males, came in # 8 with $4.6-M from 2,311 theaters.

Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) Alice Through the Looking Glass continued to struggle in its 2nd frame, coming in # 4 with an estimated $10.7-M from 3,763 locations for domestic take of $50.8-M

Overseas, Alice 2 earned another $30.9-M for a foreign total of $125.5-M and weak global box office of $176.4-M.

Animated family film The Angry Birds Movie rounded out the Top 5 domestically in its 3rd frame with $10.8-M from 3,484 theaters. Globally, the video game adaptation has cleared $283.5-M for Sony (NYSE:SNE) and Rovio, including $86.7-M domestically. Overseas it took in $16.7-M over the weekend from 88 markets for a foreign box office of $196.8-M

Legendary and Universal’s big-budget video game adaptation Warcraft continued its international expansion, opening in another 8 markets. The tentpole earned $29.9-M from 28 territories for an early foreign take of $70-M. In the US the tracking suggests it will open in the $22-24-M range.

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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