Weekend Box Office: NINJA TURTLES Rule for Second Week; EXPENDABLES 3 Overtaken by LET’S BE COPS

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The top two spots on the box office chart remained unchanged for a second weekend, as audiences favored Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy over a handful of new releases.  But in something of a surprise, the strongest of those new films turned out to be Let’s Be Cops.  The R-rated comedy has moved ahead of The Expendables 3 since Friday, which might say more about the weakness of the latter rather than the strength of the former.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $28,400,000 $117.6
2.  Guardians of the Galaxy $24,735,000 $222.2
3.  Let’s Be Cops $17,700,000 $26.1
4.  The Expendables 3 $16,200,000 $16.2
5.  The Giver $12,760,000 $12.7
6.  Into the Storm $7,720,000 $31.3
7.  The Hundred-Foot Journey $7,109,000 $23.6
8.  Lucy $5,317,000 $107.5
9.  Step Up All In $2,700,000 $11.8
10.  Boyhood $2,150,000 $13.8

 

Full story after the jump.

Friday Box Office: NINJA TURTLES Leads; EXPENDABLES 3 Bleeds

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It looks like it’s going to be a tough weekend for new titles at the box office.  All three major releases came in lower than projected on Friday, which allowed holdovers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy to hold on to their first and second place rankings.  The Expendables 3, the most notable newbie, earned an estimated $6.9 million on its first day in theatres.  That suggests an opening weekend of about $16 million, or less than half what the first Expendables earned from its debut back in August 2010.  Fox’s Let’s Be Cops came in fourth on Friday with $5.6 million.  The R-rated comedy opened early, on Wednesday, with $5.2 million and should end its first weekend with just under $15 million.  The Giver earned an estimated $4.7 million from 3,003 locations yesterday.  The adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel, The Giver should bring in $13 million in its first three days.  That tops recent young adult adaptations including Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments, but that’s not saying much.

Details and Friday’s top five chart after the jump.

Amazon Unveils TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Blu-ray Gift Set

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Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hasn’t even begun its second weekend in theaters yet, but the film’s Blu-ray is already available for pre-order!  We don’t even have an official release date for this thing yet, but according to the Amazon posting, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Limited Edition Gift Set comes with a collectible statue of Raphael because he’s the one that won their Amazon exclusive figure contest.

On top of that, the set also comes with Blu-ray 3D, DVD and digital HD copies of the film.  Hit the jump to read more about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blu-ray gift set.  The movie is currently in theaters and stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Alan RitchsonNoel FisherJeremy Howard and Pete Ploszek.

Director Jonathan Liebesman Talks TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, Deleted Scenes, Fan Criticism and How It Influenced the Film, Megan Fox, and More

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Now playing around the world is Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  As most of you know, TMNT made over $65 million dollars in its first weekend at the North America box office, which led to Paramount announcing a sequel for summer 2016.  What started out as a one and done comic book by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman in 1984 shows no signs of slowing down thirty years later.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an extended video interview with Jonathan Liebesman.  During our wide-ranging conversation, we talked about how the story changed along the way, creating the new look of the turtles, deleted scenes, what he learned from his friends and family screenings, working with Megan Fox, filming in NYC, fan criticism and how a lot of it was actually valuable, the specific influence that a fake trailer description had on the film, Easter eggs, if he’d like to do the sequel, the ease of working on the turles in a sequel because of all the research and development that went into the first film, and so much more.  If you’re a fan of TMNT and curious how the film came together, you’ll like what he had to say.  Hit the jump to watch.

Unsung Hero: Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard and Pete Ploszek for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

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There are a lot of problems with Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but it’s just entertaining enough and that’s in large part due to the title characters who, for some reason, aren’t the stars of the film.  Rather than run with what made the original movies so special and put the focus on the brotherhood and dynamics of their relationship, we get a movie about April O’Neil’s aspiration to become a hard news reporter.

Thanks to the fact that Megan Fox and Will Arnett are two of the most famous names in the film, the four guys responsible for the heart of it, the Turtles, aren’t even getting a fraction of the amount of recognition they deserve, so this edition of Unsung Hero goes to Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard and Pete Ploszek.  Hit the jump for more.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Concept Art Reveals Horror Movie-Style Turtles

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Personally, I had no problem with the design of the Turtles in Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I enjoyed the detail and think the darker, more realistic look is what helped make them feel natural (or at least as natural as possible) in the New York City environment.  The preliminary Turtle design that just surfaced, however?  Now that’s the source of nightmares.

Conceptual illustrator Kelton Cram just revealed some of his early work for the film and it’s far grittier than what we got in the final cut.  Hit the jump to check out that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles concept art as well as some early designs for Shredder as well.

Exclusive TURTLE POWER Clip: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Beginning with Issue 1

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Last weekend was all about delivering a grounded, fresh spin on the Ninja Turtles, but in celebration of the Turtles’ 30th anniversary, now it’s about looking back and honoring where they came from.  The documentary Turtle Power: Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles covers the rise of our favorite heroes in a half shell beginning with their creation in 1984 when Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman put together the very first comic just for fun, but then wound up selling every single initial print and then some.

In honor of the documentary’s August 12th DVD and digital HD debut, we’re getting the opportunity to bring you a sneak peek at the film.  Click here to check out the trailer and hit the jump for our exclusive TURTLE POWER clip featuring Laird and Eastman recalling the Turtles’ early success.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2 Release Date Set for June 3, 2016

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may not be one of the biggest hits of the summer, critically or at the box office, but it looks as though Paramount is happy with that $65 million start because the studio has officially set Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 for a June 3, 2016 debut.  Writers Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec will return to pen the sequel and Michael Bay will be back to produce with Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes, however, there’s no word on whether or not Jonathan Liebesman will return to direct the sequel, too.

Hit the jump for more on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 release date news.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently in theaters and stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett and William Fichtner.

Weekend Box Office: NINJA TURTLES Tops GUARDIANS with $65 Million Debut

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In what could be one of the biggest box office success stories of the summer, Paramount’s rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has easily snatched first place away Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend.  From 3,845 locations, Turtles took in an estimated $65 million – 35% higher than its own studio was expecting just a few days ago.  Guardians rang up $41.5 million in its second frame.  That’s a drop of 56% and was exactly what was expected – if you overlook the fact that Guardians was also expected to spend a second weekend in first place.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $65,000,000 $65
2.  Guardians of the Galaxy $41,530,000 $175.8
3.  Into the Storm $18,020,000 $18
4.  The Hundred-Foot Journey $11,120,000 $11.1
5.  Lucy $9,330,000 $97.3
6.  Step Up All In $6,580,000 $6.5
7.  Hercules $5,700,000 $63.4
8.  Get On Up $5,012,000 $22.9
9.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $4,400,000 $197.8
10.  Planes: Fire & Rescue $2,419,000 $52.9

 

Full story after the jump.

TOP 5: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING Trailer, The Films of Andrew Dominik, Fantastic Fest 2014

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I picked up writer/director/editor Gareth EvansThe Raid 2 on Blu-ray this week and damn if it wasn’t worth every penny. The quote on the box from our own Matt Goldberg calls the film “one of the greatest action movies ever made” and, after watching it, I can’t say that I disagree. Evans takes everything that made The Raid great and augments it to create an unforgettable action spectacle that is bigger in every conceivable way. It goes without saying that the stunt work and fight choreography is top notch, but work that strong shouldn’t be taken for granted so I’m mentioning it anyway. Additionally, DP’s Matt Flannery and Dimas Imam Subhono use of color and contrast manage to make the film’s extreme violence look and feel more artful than a hammer ripping someone’s throat out has any right to be. I’m cramped for space here, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the film’s lead, Iko Uwais, delivers an absolute powerhouse performance that is both physically impossible and emotionally deft. All told, The Raid 2 is a masterful piece of technical action work that should be appreciated and analyzed for years to come. For even more, check out our Blu-ray review here.

Begrudgingly moving away from The Raid 2, this week’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Warner Bros. bumping up the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the first trailer for Focus Features’ The Theory of Everything, an introductory look at the films of Andrew Dominik, and the Alamo Drafthouse announcing the first wave of programming for its annual Fantastic Fest. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Friday Box Office: NINJA TURTLES Surprises with $25.6 Million Opening

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After crushing the August opening record with its $94.3 million debut last weekend, it looks like Guardians of the Galaxy is now in line to get crushed by the return of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Paramount’s live-action reboot of the venerable pop-culture franchise took in an estimated $25.6 million on Friday, including $4.6 million from its Thursday p.m. previews.  That suggests a first weekend gross of over $60 million – well above the $42 million that Paramount was expecting.  TMNT‘s big opening will send Guardians into second place in its sophomore frame.  It’s a scenario that was always possible but somehow didn’t seem plausible until this morning.

Full story and Friday’s box office breakdown after the jump.

Director Jonathan Liebesman and Producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller Talk TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, the Tone, What They Had to Fight to Include

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In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, based on the endlessly popular characters created by comic book writers Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, four Ninja Turtles – known as Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello – must leave their home in the storm sewers of Manhattan and battle evil with the help of their sensei, Master Splinter.  As Shredder and his evil Foot Clan commit crimes and spread fear through the streets of New York, the Ninja Turtles team up with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), in order to thwart Shredder’s diabolical plans for domination.

While at the film’s press day, director Jonathan Liebesman and Platinum Dunes producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why they decided not to overly sexualize the film, what they were dead-set on including, deciding what they could hold back on, how long it took before they saw the first Turtle brought to life with the first line of dialogue, how hard they had to work to earn everything with the film, possible behind-the-scenes footage for the Blu-ray, and finding the right balance in the tone.  Form and Fuller also talked about what Platinum Dunes has coming out next, film wise, the status of The Monster Squad remake, and working on the script for Friday the 13th, due out in November 2015.  Check out our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles interview after the jump.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Review

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I loved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was a kid.  When I was six years old, I watched the animated TV series every day, and had to own every action figure and play set, including the Technodrome.  I had a favorite turtle (Raph), but I liked them all because they had distinct personalities, a sense of humor, a well-defined world, and in retrospect, the gleeful insanity we’ve come to expect from kids’ TV shows of the era.  Shredder’s boss, Krang, was an alien from another dimension who looked like talking brain inside of a robot’s tummy.  Kids went with it.

By comparison, Jonathan Liebesman‘s new live-action adaptation is nothing but apologies and excuses.  Loaded down with worthless exposition, coincidences, clichés, ham-fisted product placement, and lame jokes, the movie rarely uses its heroes for anything more than set pieces.  The 90s TV series and the new movie are both targeted at kids, but at least the Ninja Turtles of my childhood wasn’t ashamed of its existence. [Note: If you're someone who freaks out because of spoilers, don't read this review because I don't want you whining in the comments section]

Megan Fox and Will Arnett Talk TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, Childhood Ninja Turtle Memories, Going from Digital Transformers to Turtles and More

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In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, based on the endlessly popular characters created by comic book writers Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, four Ninja Turtles – known as Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello – must leave their home in the storm sewers of Manhattan and battle evil with the help of their sensei, Master Splinter.  As Shredder and his evil Foot Clan commit crimes and spread fear through the streets of New York, the Ninja Turtles team up with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), in order to thwart Shredder’s diabolical plans for domination.

During a conference at the film’s press day, co-stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett talked about when they became fans of the Ninja Turtles, the film’s incredible stunt team, acting opposite non-traditional characters, making a big summer blockbuster, that having actors to work off of for the Turtles definitely made their performances better, and not wanting to ruin something that you love.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Clip Features Turtle Beatboxing, Shredder and More

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I don’t even know where to begin with this first clip from Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles because there are actually quite a few elements worth highlighting.  First off, it delivers a solid laugh courtesy of a mid-chase Turtles beatbox session, then they run right into Shredder and after that, we finally hear one of our heroes shout an iconic Turtles catchphrase.  It’s pretty satisfying for less than two minutes of material.

You can catch the Turtles in action in the clip after the jump and, in case you missed it, we’ve also got some set visit coverage up and running including a main report and an interview with Megan Fox and Will Arnett as well as a bunch of brand new stills from the film.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arrives in theaters on Friday, August 8th and also stars William Fichtner, Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub.

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