Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shreds the Weekend Box Office

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Box office ticket sales are rallying from a slow summer as the live-action version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles blew past expectations for a $65 million haul over the weekend. Naturally, this means that we're in for a sequel: Paramount chief Brad Grey and producer Michael Bay immediately announced a second TMNT  for June 3, 2016. Last week's box office champ, Guardians of the Galaxy, held strong at $41.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $175.9 million. The disaster thriller Into the Storm debuted in third with $18 million, and Lasse Hallström's food porn-y The Hundred-Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren, came in fourth with $11.1 million. Lucy, meanwhile, rounded out the top five with $9.3 million. The fifth Step Up film, Step Up All In, opened in sixth with $6.6 million — a new low for the franchise. Um, maybe it's time to step down?