Despite mostly negative reviews (except, notably, ours, of course), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opened to $65 million, the fourth largest opening all-time in August (Guardians of the Galaxy set the new record last weekend). That was good for the top of the charts, but with a 19% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and a B CinemaScore, it may not have the staying power of other blockbusters.
Guardians, meanwhile, dropped a relatively small 56%, earning a $41.5 million second weekend - the biggest of the summer. It’s 10-day total is the best of the year after having the best Wednesday of the year before new movies released for the weekend late Thursday. Its current staying power has analysts thinking it may actually pass Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the top earner of the year in domestic box office. It also earned $40.1 million in foreign markets. It has six more markets to open in worldwide.
It’s no surprise, then, that James Gunn is hard at work on the sequel, having posted a couple of vague updates on his social media, telling fans that, “The Guardians have so many hardships and heartaches and triumphs ahead of them, and I can’t wait to share them with all of you.” For the more comic-fan inclined, Gunn did also confirm on twitter that The Orb is the “Power Stone” out of the Infinity Stone group (Mind, Power, Soul, Space, Reality, and Time), and that “at least one more Guardian from the comics” will be appearing in the sequel, due to hit theaters July 28, 2017.