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‘Turtles’ tops weak debut for ‘Expendables 3′

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Moviegoers continued to shell out for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” while Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables 3″ was easily out-gunned in its weekend debut.

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows characters, from left, Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Donatello in a scene from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows characters, from left, Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Donatello in a scene from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Industrial Light & Magic)

The rebooted reptiles took in $28.4 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That far surpassed the $16.2 million earned by Stallone’s gang of aged warriors.

The paltry, fourth-place total for “The Expendables 3,” a PG-13 turn for the previously R-rated action franchise, is well below previous hauls. The last two “Expendables” opened with $34.8 million and $28.6 million.

Instead, the Marvel’s “The Guardians of the Galaxy” came in second with $24.7 million in its third weekend. The buddy comedy “Let’s Be Cops” landed in third with a $17.7 million opening.

The Lois Lowry adaption “The Giver” debuted with $12.8 million.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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