Cartoons at the box office: The heroes in a half-shell exhibit “turtle power”

TMNTThis weekend’s box office was topped by the latest reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this time by Michael Bay of “Transformers” fame. Despite the CGI-Turtles’ lousy looks, they topped the box office this weekend, earning $65 million. It’s already earned $28.7 million overseas, for a global total of $93.7 million.

Meanwhile, last week’s champ, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” dropped to second place, earning $41.5 million. Its totals to date stand at $175.9 million domestic (topping its $170 million budget) and $137.3 million overseas, for a global total of $313.2 million. Pretty big success for a film about an obscure comic property.

“Lucy” came in fifth place, earning $9.3 million. It’s so far earned $97.4 million domestic and $15 million overseas, for a global total of $112.4 million. It’ll probably cross $100 million in North America quite soon.

“Hercules” came in seventh place (behind the debut of “Step Up All In”), earning $5.7 million. It’s so far earned $63.5 million domestically and $72.5 million overseas, for a global total of $136 million. If curious, “Step Up All In” opened with $6.6 million domestically, but has made $37.7 million overseas so far.

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” came in ninth place, earning $4.4 million. Its totals to date stand at $197.8 million domestically and $306.1 million overseas, for a global total of $503.9 million. I assume it’ll cross $200 million in North America this week.

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” came in tenth place, earning $2.4 million. It’s made $53 million domestically (matching its $50 million budget) and $37.5 million overseas, for a total of $90.5 million. A success for Disney, even after it drops out of the top 10 box office rankings next weekend. Coming in 2015: “Planes 3: Return of the Jedi-Ships?”

Next weekend sees the opening of “The Expendables 3” and a few other films.

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