The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is still the #1 movie in North America, according to the weekend box office numbers reported by Bloomberg and several other credible sources including the Wall Street Journal.
The Michael Bay-produced movie starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett generated $28.4 million in theaters throughout the United States and Canada over the weekend. The hit Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, held on to the #2 spot with $24.7 million.
What makes this so surprising to many moviegoers and critics alike is the fact that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie received some of the worst reviews of the year before it was released in the theaters:
"While this reboot is fun, it's also forgettable and occasionally infuriating." - Sandie Angulo Chen, Washington Post
Perhaps one of the worst reviews for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie was from Rotten Tomatoes. After giving it a 19 percent rating on the Tomatometer and a 61 percent rating with audiences, they had this to say about the film:
Neither entertaining enough to recommend nor remarkably awful, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may bear the distinction of being the dullest movie ever made about talking bipedal reptiles.The review staff at Rotten Tomatoes probably have their jaws on their floor right now - especially after seeing that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been able to reach the #1 spot in the box office. Even though there were three brand new movies released this week, including The Expendables 3 and Let's Be Cops, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was still able to maintain their seat on the throne.
But, how? How did the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles become such a massive hit at the box office even though so many critics had nothing but bad things to say about the movie before it was officially released?
Here are five reasons why this movie was such a big box office hit:
1. Michael Bay: There really is no need to say anything other than that. When sitting in the director's chair, Michael Bay has been able to bring such blockbuster, hit box-office franchises as Transformers and Bad Boys to the big screen. Not very many people doubted he would be able to do the same thing with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot from the producer's seat.
2. Nostalgic Parents: Chances are that many of the people that enjoyed the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies are now parents with their own kids. In addition to feeding their own nostalgic cravings, the TMNT reboot gives parents a chance to introduce their favorite ninja turtles to their kids - passing their love for the "Cowabunga" butt-kickers on the big screen from one generation to the next.
Just saw the new TMNT film! Immediately went out and bought the toys afterwards!! #michaelBay #TMNTmovie pic.twitter.com/LMVQCREZxV
— Jim Ether (@JimEther) August 12, 2014
Omg!! #TMNTmovie was amazing!! #michaelbay did not disappoint! Cant wait for the next one!! Cowabunga!! pic.twitter.com/zdGmvgLPGh3. Megan Fox: The last time that the beautiful and somewhat talented Megan Fox worked with Michael Bay, the first two Transformers movies were made. Enough said.
— Vida-GhostZoneGaming (@VidaMartin) August 9, 2014
#meganfox can act.. who knew.. loved the Ninja Turtles!! pic.twitter.com/tpaFqIP8zv
— Mike Hart (@MikeHart23ABC) August 18, 2014
Raphael and megan were epic!! #meganfox #raphael #teenagemutantninjaturtles #michaelbay #sheradder @… http://t.co/yvHzLA0czq4. Something Old with Something New: Many moviegoers love being able to see something old with a taste of something new in the movie theaters these days. Just think about all of the old movies that have been re-released in theaters recently with added scenes and even 3-D viewing. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles even gives the new generation of kids that love watching TMNT cartoons the chance to reintroduce themselves to the turtles in a whole new light!
— Umair Abbasi (@umairabbasi19) August 18, 2014
5. A Great Family Film for the Summer: While there have been many other box-office hits released throughout the summer, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles gives parents a great movie to take their children to see without having to worry about very much. Even though it was still PG-13, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was still more of a "family film" than Let's Be Cops, The Expendables 3 and even Guardians of the Galaxy.
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