Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows was down 46% from 2014’s TMNT, however it still managed to snag the top spot on the box office chart, stealing it away from X-Men: Apocalypse. Opening with $35 million domestically, TMNT 2 is following in the footsteps of recent sequels that have had a hard time cashing in on their predecessor’s popularity including Neighbors 2 and Alice Through the Looking Glass. However, the sequel has earned better reviews from critics and audiences even awarded it an A- CinemaScore so it’s probable Paramount isn’t ready to call it quits on the franchise just yet.
The weekend’s two other big releases, Me Before You and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, finished in third and eighth place, respectively. Me Before You went after women and pulled off a surprising $18 million opening weekend which is better than anyone expected of the PG-13 rated romantic drama. The news wasn’t quite so sunny for Popstar which earned decent reviews but failed to find an audience, ringing up just $4.63 million over its first three days in release.
Box Office Top 10: June 3-5, 2016
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – $35,250,000
- X-Men: Apocalypse – $22,325,000
- Me Before You – $18,270,000
- Alice Through the Looking Glass – $10,691,000
- The Angry Birds Movie – $9,775,000
- Captain America: Civil War – $7,591,000
- Neighbors 2 – $4,700,000
- Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping – $4,630,000
- The Jungle Book – $4,247,000
- The Nice Guys – $3,520,000