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It looks like the Michael Bay produced reboot certainly had Turtle Power as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles knocked Guardians of the Galaxy off the number one spot at the box office, despite lacklustre reviews (read our ★★ review here).
As reported yesterday, the movie has taken in an impressive $65 million domestically, making it the fourth largest August opening behind The Bourne Ultimatum, Rush Hour 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy. Along with the extra $28.7 million around the globe, the movie is just sitting under $100 million total in just a few days. A sequel has already been announced for 2016, but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles won’t hit UK shores until October.
Earlier in the week, experts theorised that the Internet’s beloved Guardians of the Galaxy wouldn’t take the usual drop off hit as most Marvel movies do in their second week due to the positive word-of-mouth, but the James Gunn »
- Luke Owen
We reported on Wednesday the opening night for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles could mean that its success will de-throne Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Well, the weekend numbers are in (we’ll have the full report up tomorrow) and the Michael Bay produced live-action reboot has pulled in a huge $65 million domestic, not only knocking James Gunn’s space opera from the number one spot, but also leading to Paramount announcing a sequel.
Read our ★★ review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles here.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is set for release on June 3rd 2016 and will again be produced by Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes. No word yet on whether Jonathan Liebsman will return to direct. It will open the same weekend as Paramount’s own Sausage Party and a week before X-Men: Apocalypse and Disney’s Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.
- Luke Owen
North America loved the Turtles this weekend, as Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo blasted to the top of the box office, with a hefty $65 million opening. That is the fourth largest August opening ever (behind Guardians of the Galaxy, The Bourne Ultimatum and Rush Hour 2) and even had a bigger audience than the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie did when that film broke records in March 1990. After a July filled with disappointing returns, it is a relief to see that this August is bringing in the crowds.
The Michael Bay-produced film looked like it had a steep hill to climb this weekend, with stiff competition from Guardians of the Galaxy, poor reviews, and a lack of riveting trailers or commercials. However, nostalgia and a lack of major options for families this summer helped the film swing to the top. The Turtles blasted off on Friday, raking in »
- Jordan Adler
Domestically, the film kicked up a sterling $65 million from 3,845 locations.
So cowabunga and cue the follow-up. Part two will land in theaters on June 3, 2016, with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes returning again as a producer and screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (“Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”) coming back as screenwriters.
The sequel announcement comes after the film managed to hold off “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Analysts expected the Marvel film to take a bigger chunk out of “Ninja Turtles'” profits given that both films were expected to appeal to younger males. The comicbook film still managed to bring in $41.5 million in its sophomore weekend, a 56% drop from its debut that pushed its Stateside haul to $175.9 million. That »
- Brent Lang
English Martial artists Scott Adkins and Tony Jaa have been added to the cast of Kickboxer, a remake of the 1989 cult classic starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Chinese director Stephen Fung is set to direct.
Moussi will star as Kurt Sloan, a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he learns the secrets of the kickboxer to get revenge for his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista). Adkins will play Kurt’s older brother, while Jaa plays a Muay Thai master who trains Kurt to beat Tong Po.
The film is being produced by »
- Laura Frances
Two top-tier action stars have been added to the upcoming Kickboxer remake, with word that Tony Jaa (pictured above, Ong Bak, Fast & Furious 7) and Scott Adkins (The Expendables 2, The Bourne Ultimatum) are in negotiations for two key supporting roles. Both stars have gained a rabid following in the martial arts community over the years.
Stunt man Alain Moussi is starring in the remake of the Jean-Claude Van Damme classic as Kurt Sloan, a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he learns the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po (Guardians of the Galaxy breakout and professional wrestler Dave Bautista). Former Ufc welterweight champion George St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) also stars in Kickboxer, which is being helmed by Chinese Tai Chi Zero director Stephen Fung.
If talks result in a deal, Jaa will be taking on »
- Isaac Feldberg
• English martial artist Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum; Ninja: Shadow of a Tear) and Thai star Tony Jaa (Ong Bak) are in discussions to join the Kickboxer reboot. The film will be directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) and will star Ufc’s George St. Pierre, stunt man Alain Moussi, and Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy). Moussi will star as martial artist Kurt Sloan, who travels to Thailand to learn kickboxing techniques and avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista). Adkins is looking at the role of Kurt’s older brother, while Jaa »
- C. Molly Smith
The remake of Kickboxer just got a major martial arts upgrade. Directed by Stephen Fung and starring rising martial arts star Alain Moussi, the film has landed Tony Jaa (Ong Bak) and Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum). They join a cast that already included Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Georges St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter […]
- Germain Lussier
Another day, another remake. But this doesn't sound so bad after all... Or maybe I'm going crazy. News has arrived via the Brian O'Shea, the CEO of The Exchange, the company producing the remake of Kickboxer, that the cast has been confirmed and it includes some big names. The last we wrote about this Kickboxer remake, it was announced that WWE star Dave Bautista (who is in Guardians of the Galaxy) and Ufc champion Georges St. Pierre would appear in the film. But now we can add a few more names: Tony Jaa (of Ong Bak, The Protector, Fast & Furious 7) and Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum, Zero Dark Thirty). Commenting on the casting news, The Exchange CEO Brian O'Shea says: "Kickboxer will display a style of acrobatic, rapid-fire martial arts action that Scott Adkins is increasingly becoming synonymous with. Along with Tony Jaa, Kickboxer has compiled a talented cast to »
- Alex Billington
Brian O'Shea, CEO of The Exchange, has announced and confirmed that in addition to having Dave Bautista, star of Guardians of the Galaxy, former Ufc welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, and Alain Moussi of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the 3D reboot of Kickboxer will boast two additional action stars: Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum, Zero Dark Thirty) and martial arts legend Tony Jaa (Ong Bak trilogy, Fast & Furious 7).
With the addition of Adkins and Jaa, Kickboxer features a variety of over 20 martial arts disciplines. Guardians of the Galaxy star Bautista has long wrestled professionally for WWE but has formal backgrounds in Kali, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Moussi is a practitioner of Karate, Kickboxing, Aikido, Goshindo, Kobudo, Filipino martial arts, Sambo, Judo, and Jiu-Jitsu. St. Pierre practices Kyokushin Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, »
A few months ago casting news began to trickle out for the remake of the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme movie Kickboxer. Stunt man/martial artist Alain Moussi (X-Men: Days of Future Past) was announced as the lead alongside George St. Pierre (Bartoc from Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Guardians of the Galaxy’s Drax the Destroyer himself, Dave Bautista. Now it’s been announced that Scott Adkins (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tony Jaa (Fast & Furious 7) are joining the cast. Hit the jump for more on this Kickboxer remake casting. Stephen Fung will direct the film. Here's the official press release: Aug 5, 2014 - Brian O'Shea, CEO of The Exchange, has announced and confirmed that in addition to having Dave Batista, star of Guardians Of The Glaxy, former Ufc welterweight champion George St. Pierre, and Alain Moussi of X-men: Days Of Future Past, the 3D reboot of Kickboxer will boast two additional »
- Evan Dickson
More notable names in action are eyeing the Kickboxer reboot that’s got Ufc champ George St. Pierre, stunt man Alain Moussi, and Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista set to star. English martial artist Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum, Ninja: Shadow of a Tear) and Thai star Tony Jaa (Ong Bak) are in discussions to join the remake of the classic Jean-Claude Van Damme action pic, which Chinese helmer Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) is directing. Moussi will star as Kurt Sloan, a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he learns the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge […] »
The full cast of the upcoming 3D Kickboxer reboot has been revealed today as Brian O'Shea, CEO of The Exchange, has announced that Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum, Zero Dark Thirty) and Tony Jaa (Ong Bak, Fast & Furious 7) will join the previously-attached Dave Batista (Guardians of the Galaxy), former Ufc welterweight champion George St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Alain Moussi (X-Men: Days of Future Past). Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero, Tai Chi Hero) is directing. »
With the addition of Adkins and Jaa, the film features stars with more than 20 martial arts disciplines. Adkins’ credits include “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “The Expendables 2.” Jaa starred in the “Ong Bak” films and “The Protector.”
The Exchange began selling “Kickboxer” at Cannes.
- Dave McNary
Martial arts legend Tony Jaa (“Ong Bak”) and Scott Adkins (“The Bourne Ultimatum”) have joined the cast of The Exchange's 3D reboot of “Kickboxer,” which stars Dave Bautista, former Ufc champion George St. Pierre and Alain Moussi. “Kickboxer” follows Kurt Sloan (Moussi), a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother's death at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista). Jaa will play Chow, the master who trains Kurt in the art of Muay Thai fighting, while Adkins will play Kurt's brother. Stephen Fung (“Tai Chi Zero”) is directing the movie, »
- Jeff Sneider
Los Angeles (AP) - Guardians of the Galaxy blasted past expectations at the weekend box office.
Marvel Studios' cosmic romp starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista as members of an intergalactic band of rebels earned $94 million in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Ahead of its Friday debut, box office analysts initially projected that the comic book adaptation would earn between $60 million and $75 million in North America.
The out-of-this-world launch gives Guardians the biggest opening for a film released in the traditionally low-key month of August, a record previously held by the $69.2 million debut of 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum. It also makesGuardians the third largest opening of 2014, coming behind the $95 million inauguration of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in April and the $100 million launch of Transformers: Age of Extinction in June.
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Guardians of the Galaxy obliterated the August opening weekend record, previously held by The Bourne Ultimatum ($69.3 million), with a phenomenal $94.3 million. Not in my wildest dreams could I have seen such a huge start for Guardians of the Galaxy. That’s the 3rd best opening of the year behind only Transformers: Age of Extinction […]
Read Box Office: Guardians of the Galaxy Smashes August Opening Record on Filmonic.
A team of a-holes, better known (possibly) as The Guardians Of The Galaxy have demolished the box office this past weekend, pulling in a whopping $94.3 million. It’s the biggest debut for an August release ever, as the last record holder was The Bourne Ultimatum which held the biggest August opening, since 2007. Back then it raked in $69.3 million. Worldwide, Guardians have so far pulled in a little less than Us Domestic with a rather respectable $66 million. Combined totals give Guardians Of The Galaxy a grand total of $160 million, which I’d expect will rise steadily as word of mouth and hugely critical response spread through the ether. I’d also hazard a guess, that the movie will also get a tonne of repeat viewings. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Star-Lord doesn't have to worry about many people not knowing his name after Guardians of the Galaxy demolished the August record for a box office opening in North America and became the highest opening non-sequel of 2014. The other newcomer, Get On Up, never stood a chance against Marvel's latest instant franchise that has already sprouted a sequel on Marvel's crowded future film docket.
Guardians of the Galaxy final box office results weren't far off Marvel's weekend estimates released Sunday morning at $94 million. Business was up a tick on Sunday to bring the final tally to $94.3 million and the worldwide opening weekend gross to a whopping $161.7 million. Forget a $250 million worldwide total for Gotg as this band of outer space misfits may reach that achievement in North America alone as positive word-of-mouth spreads.
The previous record for an August opener was held by The Bourne Ultimatum with $69.3 million. Gotg has proved »
Unless you’ve been locked in the Kyln, you probably noticed that “Guardians Of The Galaxy” opened this past weekend. Marvel’s latest extravaganza, a space adventure directed by Troma graduate James Gunn, was seen in advance of its release as the riskiest of the studio’s ten movies: based on a mostly comic known only to "Marvel Zombies"; unfamiliar characters; significantly different in setting and tone to megahit “The Avengers”; a cast comprised of untested B-listers as well as A-listers voicing an animated raccoon and a tree. And yet box-office tracking was strong, and thanks to excellent reviews and audience reaction, the movie was even bigger than expected: the film took a whopping $94 million over the first three days in theaters; it's the third-biggest opening weekend of the year, the biggest August opener ever ($25 million more than the previous record holder, “The Bourne Ultimatum”), and scored a bigger haul »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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