Top 10 movies and the weekend box office (08/10/14)Loading

    Paramount Pictures' comic-book adaptation featuring Megan Fox alongside computer-generated renditions of the pizza-eating, sewer-dwelling superheroes lunged into first place in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The action film's totally tubular result prompted the studio to announce plans Sunday for a sequel set for June 3, 2016.

    Megan Colligan, Paramount's head of domestic marketing and distribution, said the success of the "Ninja Turtles" reboot was mostly derived from a pair of distinctly different audiences: men who fondly remembered the 1980s and '90s franchise that spawned a cartoon series, toy line and a live-action film trilogy, and youngsters familiar with a newer Nickelodeon animated TV series.

    "It's odd when you have 25- to 35-year-olds and then 7- to 12-year-olds really excited about the same film," Colligan said. "The teen audience was actually the one that wasn't as familiar with the property, so we put a lot of focus on teens. I think we did a great job of getting them out there to see the film, which is so fun, refreshing and unique."

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    Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.

    Text by The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times

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    1. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," $65 million ($28.7 million international).

    "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" sliced off $65 million at the weekend box office.

    Starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett and William Fichtner, "Ninja Turtles," made an additional $28.7 million in international markets such as Russia, Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan, bringing its worldwide total to a radical $93.7 million.

    Photo Credit: David Lee | David Lee
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    2. "Guardians of the Galaxy," $41.5 million ($40.1 million international).

    Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" slid into second place in its second weekend with $41.5 million, bringing its total domestic haul to $175.9 million. The total worldwide box office for the cosmic romp starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista as members of an intergalactic band of do-gooders stands at $313.2 million. Marvel and "Guardians" distributor Disney revealed last month at San Diego Comic-Con that a follow-up is planned for 2017.

    3. "Into the Storm," $18 million ($8.3 million international).

    The Warner Bros. disaster film "Into the Storm" touched down in third place with $18 million in its debut weekend.

    A town is ravaged by deadly tornadoes while storm chasers try to obtain a once-in-a-lifetime shot in this found-footage-style thriller.

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    4. "The Hundred-Foot Journey," $11.1 million.

    Disney's culinary drama "The Hundred-Foot Journey," starring Helen Mirren, arrived in fourth place with $11.1 million.

    When a promising young chef and his family, who have been displaced from India to the South of France and opened their own restaurant, come into conflict with the icy proprietress of a classical French restaurant in this movie based on the novel by Richard C. Morais.

    Francois Duhamel
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    5. "Lucy," $9.3 million ($21 million international).

    "Lucy" has been another recent success at the box office (also "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). The mind-bending Scarlett Johansson film came in fifth place this weekend with $9.3 million in in its third outing.

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    6. "Step Up All In," $6.5 million ($6.5 million international).

    Universal's dance sequel "Step Up All In" popped up in sixth place with $6.5 million. A high-stakes dance contest in Las Vegas brings together crews from previous installments of the "Step Up" franchise.

    James Dittger
    7. "Hercules," $5.7 million ($7.2 million international).

    If at first blush it feels as if casting Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the mighty son of Zeus was more inevitable than inspired, the truth is the part fits the big guy like a glove. Without putting too fine a point on it, Hercules is Johnson's King Lear or Willy Loman; an iconic, aspirational role that's been long-simmering in his wheelhouse.

    Photo credit: Kerry Brown | Kerry Brown
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    8. "Get on Up," $5 million.

    A biopic about the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, from his impoverished childhood to his musical stardom. With Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Nelsan Ellis.

    D Stevens
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    9. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," $4.4 million ($29.5 million international).

    If you want apes, you've come to the right place with this next iteration of the ever-popular science fiction sage. If people are your passion, not so much.

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    10. "Planes: Fire & Rescue," $2.4 million ($3.5 million international).

    What this Disney animated feature lacks in the naming department, it makes up for with fluid visuals and fast-moving action of the, yes, firefighting variety. This week, "Planes" fell one spot and landed at No. 6, earning $6.4 million.

    PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE | Disney
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