2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a pretty big hit. It grossed $493 million worldwide off a $125 million budget, and while I wasn’t a fan of the movie, I completely understand why the studio greenlit and fast-tracked a sequel. That sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, drastically underperformed at the box office, going on to gross only $245 million, less than half of what the first film made.
Speaking to producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller about their new movie, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Steve Weintraub asked to get their thoughts on TMNT 2, which they also produced. Form was circumspect on the matter, and walked us through their realization that the sequel was going to be a flop:
ANDREW FORM: We were obviously surprised at the box office results. We loved the movie. We loved making the movie. From our first Super Bowl teaser to everything we launched, we felt so good about our material, and for some reason it did not find the audience that the first movie found. And we talk about it all the time, and we tried to figure it out, but we cannot put our finger on what happened. We really can’t. It’s just one of those things where we feel like we made a really great movie; we thought at the time that our release date was great, and we added all these new characters with Bebop and Rocksteady and Baxter Stockwell had a big role in the movie and Casey Jones and for some reason when it came to opening weekend…Even before the movie came out, we were feeling great. And you wake up two days before the movie opens and you go, “Wow, I don’t know if this movie is tracking as well as it should.” Then you hope, and then Thursday night happens and your midnights come in and you’re like, “That’s not what Movie 1 did,” and then sure enough your weekend comes and it’s nowhere near what anyone thought, and it’s nowhere near Movie 1, and, before you know it, it’s over. We’re still so proud of the movie; it just didn’t find an audience. We really don’t know why.