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August 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Moviegoers shelled out a surprising $65 million over the weekend to see the latest iteration of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — far more than the $40-45 million that box-office pundits had predicted. Last week’s No. 1 film, Guardians of the Galaxy, which had been expected to be a close competitor, dropped 56 percent to $41.5 percent, about what the pundits had forecast. The two frontrunners pushed the overall box office up around 17 percent above the same weekend a year ago. Nevertheless, the 2014 summer season remains more than 15 percent down from 2013’s. The opening of Warner Bros.’ found-footage disaster flick Into the Storm wound up a distant third with $17.5 million, while The Hundred-Foot Journey, the drama starring Helen Mirren, finished fourth with $11.2 million. Rounding out the top five, Lionsgate’s Step Up All In, tripped up with just $6.5 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Rentrak:
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, $65 million; 2. Guardians of the Galaxy, $41.5 million; 3. Into the Storm, $18 million; 4. The Hundred-Foot Journey, $11.1 million; 5. Lucy, $9.3 million; 6. Step Up All In, $6.5 million; 7. Hercules, $5.7 million; 8. Get On Up, $5 million; 9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, $4.4 million; 10. Planes: Fire & Rescue, $2.4 million.