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Box office report: 'Turtles' tops 'Guardians' with $65 million

Turtle Power does exist after all. The heroes in a half shell surpassed industry and analyst expectations by more than $20 million, raking in an estimated $65 million in its first weekend in theaters. With an additional $28.7 million from 19 international territories, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which cost $125 million to produce, has earned $93.7 million globally. No wonder Paramount has already announced plans for a summer 2016 sequel.

The Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies pic may not have resonated with the critics, but that didn’t seem to matter much to its target audience: kids. While moviegoers overall slapped the Michael Bay-produced movie with a lackluster B Cinema Score, kids were much more enthusiastic, giving it an A overall. Audiences on the whole were mostly male (61 percent) and a significant portion (45 percent) were under 25 years old.

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Box office update: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' rocket to No. 1

It looks like a pizza party may be in order.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brought in an estimated $25.6 million on its first day in theaters, including $4.6 million from screenings on Thursday night. Though it was widely expected to be in a tight race for No. 1 with Guardians of the Galaxy, TMNT more than doubled the estimated Friday earnings of Marvel’s reigning champ ($12.34 million).

The big opening day puts the $125 million Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies reboot on track to take in around $62 million this weekend, beating analyst and studio estimates of a $40 million start. Audiences were mostly male (61 percent) and age 25 or older (55 percent); they were more receptive to the movie than critics, awarding it a Cinema Score of B, though kids exiting the theaters gave it an A.

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Casting Net: Helen Mirren to play a French chef; Plus, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, more

 Oscar-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen) is set to star in an adaptation of Richard Morais’ debut novel The Hundred-Foot Journey. When a family is displaced from their hometown of Mumbai, they settle in a small town in the French Alps and attempt to open an Indian restaurant — a hundred feet away from Madame Mallory’s traditional French restaurant. Mirren will play Madame Mallory, a famous chef in the town who “wages war” with the family, but eventually takes one of the sons (90210′s Manish Dayal) under her wing. Lasse Hallstrom (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) will helm the project for DreamWorks. Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey are producing. [Deadline]

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'Muppets' sequel gets new title, 'Into the Woods' gets release date, and more Disney updates

The follow-up to 2011′s The Muppets just got a little more specific. Previously titled Muppets…Again! the Disney movie’s new title is Muppets Most Wanted.

The new moniker is fitting for the movie’s storyline that has the Muppets entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine — the world’s No. 1 criminal, who has a striking resemblance to Kermit — and his sidekick Dominic, played by Ricky Gervais. Modern Family star Ty Burrell and Tina Fey also star in the film opening March 21, 2014.

Disney released updates on a few of its other upcoming films Thursday. Read on for the latest on Into the Woods, Saving Mr. Banks, and more. READ FULL STORY

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