Turtle Power

tmnt-2014-425x225-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-retro-reviewTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, another reboot of a reboot of a franchise from the ’80s, won the weekend with an impressive $65 million haul — so, once again, you cannot go broke banking on pop-culture touchstones, no matter how terrible they might be.

At least Guardians of the Galaxy held up well in its second weekend, earning a strong $41.5 million for a domestic gross to date of $175 million — which is just plain wonderful, given how skeptical The Industry was about its chances. Meanwhile, Into the Storm opened in third with $18 million, which is not at all bad for an effects picture with no stars to speak of.

Other new openings did not fare quite so well. The Hundred-Foot Journey took fourth place with $11.1 million, while Step Up All In had to settle for sixth place with $6.5 million. (Luc Besson’s Lucy made $9.3 million in its third week to take fifth.)

This weekend: The Expendables III. Will the people who’ve already downloaded it pay to see it on the big screen? Does that even sound like a reasonable expectation?

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