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"Ninja Turtles" in box office romp

A statute of Donatello is seen at the premiere of 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' on August 3, 2014 at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles
A statute of Donatello is seen at the premiere of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" on August 3, 2014 at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" romped to the top of the US box office, dethroning "Guardians of the Galaxy" in their first weekend in theaters, industry figures showed Sunday.

The fighting turtles, on a mission to save New York from the clutches of evil-doers, made off with $65 million in receipts, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

Starring Megan Fox, the latest reboot of the Ninja Turtle franchise handily overtook "Guardians of the Galaxy," which dropped to number two with a $41.5 million gross following a stellar $94 million debut the weekend before.

Animals and extra-terrestrial superheros got little competition, with tornado disaster flick "Into the Storm" a distant third with an $18 million take at the box office its first weekend out.

Fourth was another newcomer, "The Hundred Foot Journey," a romantic comedy with Helen Mirren and Om Puri as culture-clashing restaurateurs. It made $11.1 million.

US actress Zoe Saldana attends the European premiere of the film, Guardians of the Galaxy in central London on July 24, 2014
US actress Zoe Saldana attends the European premiere of the film, Guardians of the Galaxy in central London on July 24, 2014

French action film "Lucy," starring Scarlett Johansson as a drug mule with telekinetic powers, was fifth with $9.3 million in its third week in theaters.

It came in ahead of dance film "Step Up All In," the fifth in a series, this one featuring struggling dancers in a televised contest in Las Vegas. It grossed $6.5 million its first week in theaters.

Seventh place with $5.7 went to "Hercules", starring Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson.

"Get On Up," a biopic about US soul singer James Brown, dropped to eighth place from third, bringing in $5 million its second weekend out.

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," the critically praised latest installment in the sci-fi film series about apes co-existing with humans, drew $4.4 million for ninth place.

Disney's "Planes: Fire & Rescue," the computer-animated movie about a talking plane that helps firefighters save a national park, made $2.4 million, leaving it in tenth place.

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