Cartoons at the box office: Turtle power (and Michael Bay) drives TMNT to a second week at #1

TMNTApparently, the general public likes Michael Bay films plenty (despite heavy criticism of his filmmaking), as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” topped the box office for a second week in a row. The reboot starring the hideous-looking CGI turtles earned $28.4 million. (They got the “mutant” part right, I suppose.) Its totals to date stand at $117.6 million domestically and $67.5 million overseas, for a global total of $185.1 million. A sequel’s already been approved for 2016.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” again came in in second place, earning $24.7 million. Its domestic total stands at $222.3 million and international total at $196.4 million, for a global total of $418.7 million.

“Lucy” earned eighth place, earning $5.3 million. Its domestic total is at $107.5 million and international total at $61 million, for a global total of $168.5 million.

Several films finally fell out of the top ten, including “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (domestic total: $201.8 million, international total: $334.8 million, global total: $536.6 million), “Hercules” (domestic total: $68.1 million, international total: $80.1 million, global total: $148.2 million), and “Planes: Fire & Rescue” (domestic total: $55. million, international total: $37.5 million, global total: $93.2 million).

Despite this week’s awful events in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, that didn’t deter the movie-going public from seeing “Let’s Be Cops,” a comedy about two buddies (one Black, one White) pretending to be cops. The film opened on Wednesday in third place, earning $26.1 million (and earning back its $17 million budget). The public apparently opted for that over “Expendables 3,” which came in right behind it in fourth place (and $16.2 million), and probably cost way more than “Cops” did.

Next weekend is the final summer weekend before the Labor Day holiday weekend. The biggest film opening next weekend is the sequel to Frank Miller’s “Sin City” adaptation, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.”

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