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Weekend Box Office Report: August 8-10, 2014

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Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go!

One set of colorful comic book characters kicked another from the top of the box office this weekend, as TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES took #1 with an estimated $65 million!

The new Michael Bay-produced version of the comic/cartoon/videogame superstars made more on its opening weekend than their last appearance, 2007's computer-animated TMNT, made in total domestically ($54.1 million). It's also an opening weekend high for director Jonathan Liebesman (WRATH OF THE TITANS, BATTLE: LOS ANGELES).

The pizza-loving reptile quartet has serious pop culture longevity -- the first live-action adaptation of the (non-CGI) half-shell heroes made over $200 million worldwide back in 1990. Still, current audiences weren't totally hip to the lipped update of the characters, giving the movie a 'B' CinemaScore, and critics shredded it with a 19% average on Rotten Tomatoes.

Update: The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES sequel has already been scheduled for June 3, 2016.

Marvel's latest smash GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY slipped to second with $41.5 million, a drop of 56% from its opening last week. The space heroes are up to a 10-day total of $175.9 million, and there's a decent chance it could end up passing TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION's $243 million total to become the summer's biggest domestic hit (though Michael Bay's robo-clash is over $1 billion worldwide, versus GUARDIANS' current $313 million global total).

The new weather disaster flick INTO THE STORM opened in third place with $18 million. The movie featured Richard Armitage (THE HOBBITs) and Sarah Wayne Callies ("The Walking Dead") but the devastating tornadoes were the big stars, and even they didn't really impress crowds ('B' CinemaScore) or critics (21% on Rotten Tomatoes).

The Helen Mirren restaurant drama THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY opened in fourth with $11.1 million and the best viewer reception of the new releases ('A' CinemaScore and 64% on Rotten Tomatoes). Scarlett Johansson's LUCY wasn't far behind with $9.3 million as director Luc Besson's narcotic-enhanced heroine scratches at the $100 million mark.

STEP UP ALL IN strutted into sixth with an opening of $6.5 million. The fifth entry in the apparently inexhaustible dancing series couldn't crack the top half of the chart, yet still registered higher than TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES with critics and moviegoers (42% on RT and a 'B+' CinemaScore). And it's also already pulled in an additional $37.7 million internationally (the previous one in the series, STEP UP REVOLUTION, finished with $140.4 million worldwide).

HERCULES followed in seventh place, and the James Brown biopic GET ON UP went on down to eighth in its second weekend, a tumble of 63% from its third-place opening. DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES has now hit a global total of $503 million to pass RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES' $481.8 worldwide finish, and Disney's PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE circles the bottom of the list.

Outside the chart, THE PURGE: ANARCHY, SEX TAPE, AND SO IT GOES and A MOST WANTED MAN got displaced, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD (now on 500 screens) is up to $10.6 million total, and it seems nobody really wanted to see director James Cameron sink to the bottom of the ocean -- his documentary DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D only pulled in $150k on 304 screens.

Next week brings Sylvester Stallone's latest action-star roundup THE EXPENDABLES 3, Jeff Bridges stars in THE GIVER, and (on Wednesday) Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. take the law into their own hands in LET'S BE COPS.  In limited release, Michael Fassbender has a big head in FRANK, Aubrey Plaza is a zombie in LIFE AFTER BETH, and Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon go on THE TRIP TO ITALY.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $65 M
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2. Guardians of the Galaxy $41.5 M $175.9 M
3. Into the Storm $18 M
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4. The Hundred-Foot Journey $11.1 M
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5. Lucy $9.3 M $97.3 M
6. Step Up All In $6.5 M
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7. Hercules $5.7 M $63.4 M
8. Get On Up $5 M $22.9 M
9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $4.4 M $197.8 M
10. Planes: Fire and Rescue $2.4 M $52.9 M

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8:06PM on 08/11/2014
Interesting to note, even though it got beaten at the box-office, Disney is still running commercials saying Guardians of the Galaxy is STILL the number one movie in the universe.
Always fun when a movie did not do as well as they hoped they'll run commercials saying a film is the number one whatever genre it is (comedy, animated film etc.) but this is a new one.
Not defending TMNT or putting down Guardians just pointing out an oddity.
Interesting to note, even though it got beaten at the box-office, Disney is still running commercials saying Guardians of the Galaxy is STILL the number one movie in the universe.
Always fun when a movie did not do as well as they hoped they'll run commercials saying a film is the number one whatever genre it is (comedy, animated film etc.) but this is a new one.
Not defending TMNT or putting down Guardians just pointing out an oddity.
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1:30PM on 08/11/2014

classic fanboys

I wonder how many of the silly crying fan boys went to see turtles lol.
I wonder how many of the silly crying fan boys went to see turtles lol.
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12:51PM on 08/11/2014

Great, if the box office numbers are good this tells studios it's what audiences want to see and hear. Fuuuuuuck!!!!

I think some people need to realize that by paying $10 to $16 to see a film like this, only to end up walking out thinking, "that was lame". Your only adding more fuel to the fire of crap movie releases.
Funny cause in 2016 clueless people will still say, "They're releasing another one?!?!?! Why? The first one sucked!"
I think some people need to realize that by paying $10 to $16 to see a film like this, only to end up walking out thinking, "that was lame". Your only adding more fuel to the fire of crap movie releases.
Funny cause in 2016 clueless people will still say, "They're releasing another one?!?!?! Why? The first one sucked!"
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1:35PM on 08/11/2014
Wouldn't clueless people also include those who judge a movie without seeing it?
Wouldn't clueless people also include those who judge a movie without seeing it?
4:29AM on 08/12/2014
Since they were released 1 week apart, wouldn't studios when looking over the final summer numbers see GOTG as a much bigger success than TMNT (which has a 20 year+ fan base and huge nostalgia value, something GOTG did not have) and copy Guardians formula before copying Turtles?

You get what I mean?
Since they were released 1 week apart, wouldn't studios when looking over the final summer numbers see GOTG as a much bigger success than TMNT (which has a 20 year+ fan base and huge nostalgia value, something GOTG did not have) and copy Guardians formula before copying Turtles?

You get what I mean?
11:24AM on 08/11/2014

Agree with Jedd and Apricot

Teach children the difference between things of high quality and things of poor quality in all areas of life. Don't feed them garbage and propagate poor evaluation skills.
Teach children the difference between things of high quality and things of poor quality in all areas of life. Don't feed them garbage and propagate poor evaluation skills.
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12:13AM on 08/11/2014

YAY!

I'm happy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was #1 this weekend. The movie was a lot of fun. I felt like a little kid watching it because the Ninja Turtles were a big part of my childhood.
I'm happy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was #1 this weekend. The movie was a lot of fun. I felt like a little kid watching it because the Ninja Turtles were a big part of my childhood.
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10:37PM on 08/10/2014
I agree with Apricot 1. I'm kinda tired of the "it's made for kids, so it's supposed to suck" logic. We grew up on lots of things that were "made for kids" but didn't suck, movies and shows like E.T.: The Extraterrestrial and Batman: The Animated Series.
I agree with Apricot 1. I'm kinda tired of the "it's made for kids, so it's supposed to suck" logic. We grew up on lots of things that were "made for kids" but didn't suck, movies and shows like E.T.: The Extraterrestrial and Batman: The Animated Series.
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8:38AM on 08/11/2014
And most recently HtTyD 2 !
And most recently HtTyD 2 !
10:05PM on 08/10/2014
Pretty much what I expected...

GOTG will do better than Turtles next week, I'm calling it now.
Pretty much what I expected...

GOTG will do better than Turtles next week, I'm calling it now.
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10:02PM on 08/10/2014
This "It's ok the movie wasn't good it's for kids logic" boggles the mind. If you take your whiny kids to see movies like this it only means they will make less How To Train Your Dragon/Toy Stoy 3/Frozen type movies.

If you have to take them why not go on the second weekend or during the week on the half price day? I just do not get it.
This "It's ok the movie wasn't good it's for kids logic" boggles the mind. If you take your whiny kids to see movies like this it only means they will make less How To Train Your Dragon/Toy Stoy 3/Frozen type movies.

If you have to take them why not go on the second weekend or during the week on the half price day? I just do not get it.
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1:28AM on 08/11/2014
Please do make less Frozen type movies. Fuck that movie.
Please do make less Frozen type movies. Fuck that movie.
3:23AM on 08/11/2014
I hated Toy Story 3. It lost the fun and imagination of the first one and turner that little sad scene on Toy Story 2 into a whole film.
I hated Toy Story 3. It lost the fun and imagination of the first one and turner that little sad scene on Toy Story 2 into a whole film.
7:16AM on 08/11/2014
Ha no it doesn't mean they'll make less of those. Stop it. And now you're trying to tell parents what movies to take their kids to and when ... This TMNT stuff has spawned some sad reactions and it isn't from the people who liked it.
Ha no it doesn't mean they'll make less of those. Stop it. And now you're trying to tell parents what movies to take their kids to and when ... This TMNT stuff has spawned some sad reactions and it isn't from the people who liked it.
11:04AM on 08/11/2014
Uh, yeah, it is ok to say no to your kids and tell them something is junk.

When I was young I wanted certain toys but my parents would say "No, that's junk" and I would get over it. They had no problem buying me Lego for my birthday and for Christmas. They knew what was a waste of money and what wasn't. It's something all parents should teach their kids. What is worth spending the money you worked hard to earn on and what isn't.
Uh, yeah, it is ok to say no to your kids and tell them something is junk.

When I was young I wanted certain toys but my parents would say "No, that's junk" and I would get over it. They had no problem buying me Lego for my birthday and for Christmas. They knew what was a waste of money and what wasn't. It's something all parents should teach their kids. What is worth spending the money you worked hard to earn on and what isn't.
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9:38PM on 08/10/2014
Turtles... Eh. Fine, but not for me.
Guardians.. Should be number 1. Great fun.
Storm... Twister 2. I wanna see it.
100 foot... I actually want to see it with my lady.
Lucy... Sounds silly. But I'm curious.
Turtles... Eh. Fine, but not for me.
Guardians.. Should be number 1. Great fun.
Storm... Twister 2. I wanna see it.
100 foot... I actually want to see it with my lady.
Lucy... Sounds silly. But I'm curious.
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9:33PM on 08/10/2014

I'll take it

I would rather have more Ninja Turtle films than none being made at all, was it a great movie, no of course not, but was it entertaining? yes it was. I've been a turtle fan since 88 so yes i'm a hardcore but this movie wasn't made for us; it was made for a new generation and I can appreciate that. Plus if you want a great Ninja Turtle story then read the new IDW series because holy crap it's amazing!!
I would rather have more Ninja Turtle films than none being made at all, was it a great movie, no of course not, but was it entertaining? yes it was. I've been a turtle fan since 88 so yes i'm a hardcore but this movie wasn't made for us; it was made for a new generation and I can appreciate that. Plus if you want a great Ninja Turtle story then read the new IDW series because holy crap it's amazing!!
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8:53PM on 08/10/2014
It's just sad that people pay to see stupid shit and ends up making tons of cash.GotG deserved that #1 spot.I also found out that T4 grossed 1 billion dollars.
It's just sad that people pay to see stupid shit and ends up making tons of cash.GotG deserved that #1 spot.I also found out that T4 grossed 1 billion dollars.
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7:23PM on 08/10/2014
It's the shit gift that just keeps on giving. Thanks, America.
It's the shit gift that just keeps on giving. Thanks, America.
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7:21PM on 08/10/2014
You can't expect any blockbuster to stay number 1 for two weeks these days. I wanted Guardians to crush the Turtles as much as any of you, but it performed pretty much as expected. And anyway, it's likely to beat Turtles in overall sales. So there's that
You can't expect any blockbuster to stay number 1 for two weeks these days. I wanted Guardians to crush the Turtles as much as any of you, but it performed pretty much as expected. And anyway, it's likely to beat Turtles in overall sales. So there's that
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6:30PM on 08/10/2014
It's really a shame. Guardians deserves that #1 spot for as many weeks as there is nothing even remotely as good as it, and TMNT certainly isn't. The worst part about this is that it means they will be making more of these films, which would be fine, if they weren't being run by Bay, directed by a second rate director, and led by a poor excuse for an actress. Such a shame.
It's really a shame. Guardians deserves that #1 spot for as many weeks as there is nothing even remotely as good as it, and TMNT certainly isn't. The worst part about this is that it means they will be making more of these films, which would be fine, if they weren't being run by Bay, directed by a second rate director, and led by a poor excuse for an actress. Such a shame.
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4:25PM on 08/10/2014

Perplexed

Who the fuck pays to see that Step Up bullshit anyway? Seems like there's one out every year. Ugh.
Who the fuck pays to see that Step Up bullshit anyway? Seems like there's one out every year. Ugh.
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7:19PM on 08/10/2014
It would have done better but its target audience just walked in without paying after Turtles ended.
It would have done better but its target audience just walked in without paying after Turtles ended.
8:43AM on 08/11/2014
As lame as they are, they have the decency to be SHOT in 3D
As lame as they are, they have the decency to be SHOT in 3D
4:12PM on 08/10/2014

Cinema is not going down hill

Lets gain a little perspective on things. One the original movies were no higher quality of entertainment than this recent installment. I am a turtle fan and when I watch the original and reflect on this movie and if I am honest with myself, I realize neither have very good developed characters and the dialogue is quality is the same. Remakes are in the minority of films that get released. Out of the 292 movies released so far only 2 have been complete reboots. As to or loyal geeks supporting
Lets gain a little perspective on things. One the original movies were no higher quality of entertainment than this recent installment. I am a turtle fan and when I watch the original and reflect on this movie and if I am honest with myself, I realize neither have very good developed characters and the dialogue is quality is the same. Remakes are in the minority of films that get released. Out of the 292 movies released so far only 2 have been complete reboots. As to or loyal geeks supporting bad properties, take a look at Cap 3, X-men: DOFP, and Guardians. Some of this "geeky nostalgia" supported the sucessful properties. So lets put things in their proper perspective, TMNT taking the number one spot is not the end of good quality films. Everything is subjective. One more thing Guardians is the first comic book movie this year to have a less than a 60% drop so its not that bad of a scenario for the once unknown property known as Guardians of the Galaxy, which was Marvel's biggest risk by far.
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4:30PM on 08/10/2014
Perspective isn't a very popular thing on the internet.
Perspective isn't a very popular thing on the internet.
6:26PM on 08/10/2014
On the contrary, at the time the original came out, it had the kind of charm and entertainment value that most blockbusters at the time had. In contrast, this new film lacks most of that and is subpar for this age. Just compare this to it's competition, Guardians, which is a film that has many similar elements, but is leagues better. Even the TMNT CG film that came out several years ago had more in the way of story, character, and depth than this thing had. This TMNT film went for the barest
On the contrary, at the time the original came out, it had the kind of charm and entertainment value that most blockbusters at the time had. In contrast, this new film lacks most of that and is subpar for this age. Just compare this to it's competition, Guardians, which is a film that has many similar elements, but is leagues better. Even the TMNT CG film that came out several years ago had more in the way of story, character, and depth than this thing had. This TMNT film went for the barest minimum it could, relying on nostalgia, cheap action and comedy, and the popularity of the turtles, as opposed to anything quality.
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3:40PM on 08/10/2014

Awesome

I loved it! I had a blast! It was nice to see the gang back together again.
I loved it! I had a blast! It was nice to see the gang back together again.
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3:40PM on 08/10/2014
cgi turtles noooo thanks
cgi turtles noooo thanks
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3:40PM on 08/10/2014
cgi turtles noooo thanks
cgi turtles noooo thanks
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3:35PM on 08/10/2014

Oh shut up

Whiney hipsters. That's what all of you are. Like the Ninja Turtles are a fucking magnum opus. A "legitimate" TMNT movie? What the Hell would that be?
Whiney hipsters. That's what all of you are. Like the Ninja Turtles are a fucking magnum opus. A "legitimate" TMNT movie? What the Hell would that be?
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3:35PM on 08/10/2014
A good watchable movie?
A good watchable movie?
4:02PM on 08/10/2014
A film which actually resembles the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles we all know. This was nothing more than a cheap, adolescent oriented Polaroid. Definitely not what the fans wanted. "Hipsters" bahahaha! That's always the wild card when someone isn't interested in a movie or band, isn't i?
A film which actually resembles the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles we all know. This was nothing more than a cheap, adolescent oriented Polaroid. Definitely not what the fans wanted. "Hipsters" bahahaha! That's always the wild card when someone isn't interested in a movie or band, isn't i?
5:47PM on 08/10/2014
Give me a break. These fuckers act like its Shakespeare. You know they still live with mommy.
Give me a break. These fuckers act like its Shakespeare. You know they still live with mommy.
8:51AM on 08/11/2014
If it was based on the comics ? An R rated violent and bloody movie, I guess.
If it was based on the comics ? An R rated violent and bloody movie, I guess.
3:24PM on 08/10/2014
I blame you, whoever you are.
I blame you, whoever you are.
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3:03PM on 08/10/2014
This is why we can't have nice things!
This is why we can't have nice things!
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2:55PM on 08/10/2014
I grew up with Transformers and Ninja Turtles and I've accepted I'm just no longer the target audience. I know it's frustrating to finally get the movies we imagined as kids, except the original Ninja Turtles, but no matter how pissed off we get, it's gonna happen regardless. No use gettin' our panties in bunch when the movie's aimed at ten year olds. Maybe by the fourth or fifth movie, this TMNT vision will work? It only took four movies to get the Fast and Furious franchise to work, eh?
I grew up with Transformers and Ninja Turtles and I've accepted I'm just no longer the target audience. I know it's frustrating to finally get the movies we imagined as kids, except the original Ninja Turtles, but no matter how pissed off we get, it's gonna happen regardless. No use gettin' our panties in bunch when the movie's aimed at ten year olds. Maybe by the fourth or fifth movie, this TMNT vision will work? It only took four movies to get the Fast and Furious franchise to work, eh? Yeah, I'm not holding my breath, but at least Marvel is doing something right....totally forgot about the animated Transformers from 1986, still the tits!
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2:46PM on 08/10/2014
I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

Dark days for us movie fans; dark days indeed.
I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

Dark days for us movie fans; dark days indeed.
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2:53PM on 08/10/2014
I'd rather have my gums scraped with a rusty razor. Instead I rented Locke and watched it 4 times. Can't recommend it enough...
I'd rather have my gums scraped with a rusty razor. Instead I rented Locke and watched it 4 times. Can't recommend it enough...
2:59PM on 08/10/2014
Locke was awesome! I also checked out Snowpiercer and Enemy, all awesome movies!
Locke was awesome! I also checked out Snowpiercer and Enemy, all awesome movies!
4:05PM on 08/10/2014
Can't wait to see Locke. It drops on Tuesday, which can't come soon enough.
Can't wait to see Locke. It drops on Tuesday, which can't come soon enough.
6:42PM on 08/10/2014
I have yet to see Enemy. Snow piercer was excellent as well. Now that's an action film I'd like to see on the big screen making mad box office, but at the same time I like being in the minority of having favorite films others don't really recognize...
I have yet to see Enemy. Snow piercer was excellent as well. Now that's an action film I'd like to see on the big screen making mad box office, but at the same time I like being in the minority of having favorite films others don't really recognize...
8:16PM on 08/10/2014
wolverinerpt....you should check out Enemy as soon as possible.
wolverinerpt....you should check out Enemy as soon as possible.
2:21PM on 08/10/2014

In the words of Nicolas Cage

The world is being Fed ex'd to hell...TMNT beating GOTG is an act of cruelty to the intelligent movie goer...
The world is being Fed ex'd to hell...TMNT beating GOTG is an act of cruelty to the intelligent movie goer...
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2:30PM on 08/10/2014
This would make sense is they had both released this week
This would make sense is they had both released this week
2:36PM on 08/10/2014
True as well, but I really was hoping to see GOTG hold the top spot...
True as well, but I really was hoping to see GOTG hold the top spot...
3:41PM on 08/10/2014
Maybe Guardians isn't as invincible as everyone assumed
Maybe Guardians isn't as invincible as everyone assumed
6:39PM on 08/10/2014
From a box office standpoint no,but that doesn't sway my opinion...I had a great time seeing it...
From a box office standpoint no,but that doesn't sway my opinion...I had a great time seeing it...
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2:10PM on 08/10/2014
Well, this is depressing. When will this geeky nostalgia mania end? People keep supporting asinine remakes, sequels, and reboots simply out of nostalgia. These movies keep getting worse and worse, yet people still keep supporting them. When being a geek became cool & hip & mainstream, cinema simply when down the shitter.
Well, this is depressing. When will this geeky nostalgia mania end? People keep supporting asinine remakes, sequels, and reboots simply out of nostalgia. These movies keep getting worse and worse, yet people still keep supporting them. When being a geek became cool & hip & mainstream, cinema simply when down the shitter.
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2:03PM on 08/10/2014
Great. There goes any chance of getting a great and legitimate TMNT movie anytime soon. Thanks to this new generation of brats and their idiotic parents.
Great. There goes any chance of getting a great and legitimate TMNT movie anytime soon. Thanks to this new generation of brats and their idiotic parents.
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2:05PM on 08/10/2014
Do you need a tissue?
Do you need a tissue?
2:08PM on 08/10/2014
@dkev-I think we all need tissues....lol!
@dkev-I think we all need tissues....lol!
2:29PM on 08/10/2014
No, that's ok dkev, you can wipe off your chin yourself.
No, that's ok dkev, you can wipe off your chin yourself.
5:45PM on 08/10/2014
Cause it sounds like your gonna cry. It's TMNT. Who gives a fuck. Grow a pair.
Cause it sounds like your gonna cry. It's TMNT. Who gives a fuck. Grow a pair.
1:46PM on 08/10/2014
Well fellas, be ready for ten years of disappointing, convoluted TMNT movies now.
Well fellas, be ready for ten years of disappointing, convoluted TMNT movies now.
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2:00PM on 08/10/2014
Yeah...pretty sad, huh.
Yeah...pretty sad, huh.
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