The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have teenage mutant ninja’d their way to the top of the US and Canadian box office, bringing in an unexpected $65m over its opening weekend.
In a giddy fit of delerium, Paramount has also announced that a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is on the way with a 3 June 2016 US release. Writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec will be returning to pen the script, but it is unclear whether or not Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles director Jonathan Liebesman will be joining them.
Paramount president Adam Goodman said: “Launching a new take on the Turtles into the feature film world was a daunting task because, as fans of them ourselves, we felt a great responsibility to ensure audiences were going to experience everything they loved about the Turtles, while also getting to see them brought to life in a way they had never been seen before.
“The result exceeded our high expectations and the response to the film is beyond great, making it all the more fun to get started on the continuation of their story.”
Paramount was expecting the first film, which stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett, to hit the $45 million mark, so the budget was set quite low (HA!) at $125m. Jumping in flippers first, they are planning on beefing up the budget, despite unfavourable reviews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The film came at Guardians Of The Galaxy with nunchuks, beating it to the top of the box office. However, it’s unlikely that Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello will pull in more than the Guardians overall, which earned an estimated $94m over its US opening weekend. But who knows? Turtles are quite enigmatic.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is in cinemas 17 October 2014 in the UK. Find out more about the comics that inspired the film with new digital magazine Uncanny Comics.