‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2′ Announced for 2016

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Never underestimate the power of nostalgia – or Michael Bay.

The Platinum Dunes-produced reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles overcame mostly negative reviews (read ours here) and fan suspicion over the creative direction of the turtles’ origins to rake in $65 million on its opening weekend. TMNT overtook Guardians of the Galaxy at the box office by a solid margin, something even we didn’t see coming.

It should come as no surprise then that Paramount is announcing a sequel with a release date. Variety reports that on the heels of TMNT‘s resoundingly successful opening, the studio has lined up Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 for a June 3, 2016 release. Platinum Dunes will again produce, with screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec also returning, but director Jonathan Liebesman was not mentioned.

So despite the movie’s critical drubbing, the turtles have unarguably won the day. TMNT‘s opening is the fourth-highest August take in history, with Paramount’s president of domestic marketing and distribution Megan Colligan attributing this success to a sly sort of counterprogramming, saying:

“ ‘Guardians’ is a great movie and it’s always tough to come right behind a great movie. Ultimately we played more like a family film and they played a notch older…The great thing about summer is the marketplace is able to expand to allow for these two films.”

Megan Fox and the Ninja Turtles in TMNT 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Announced for 2016
While many fans were skeptical about the reboot, this big opening is not that much of a surprise, and as the Variety report points out, TMNT had two distinct demographics going for it: younger kids who had been exposed to the ongoing Nickelodeon cartoon series and older crowds who grew up with the ’80s cartoon and the ’90s movies.

The announced release date for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 places it in the heart of the summer 2016 blockbuster season, which will see movies like Uncharted and Finding Dory, which are currently slated to open in the surrounding weeks. The only current direct competition is the R-rated animated film Sausage Party from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, which will open that same weekend.

The question now is: Who will direct the sequel? It’s entirely possible that Paramount and Platinum Dunes will announce either Jonathan Liebesman’s return or a replacement very soon. With cast members like Will Arnett already talking about their roles in the sequel, expect the studio to capitalize on this big opening weekend and keep the PR train moving with more announcements in the coming weeks.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 will open on June 3, 2016.

Source: Variety

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  1. Wow…just wow. Folks are upset because this film is making money, with a sequel on the way? Gimme a break. If you do not want to watch this film then don’t. It does not make sense to me, to slam people who want to see this film, because guys on this website and elsewhere have an arrogant attitude, because they think they know everything about movies; which they clearly don’t. Move on and let people enjoy what they want to watch and you guys enjoy what you want to watch. SMDH at the nerve of some people.

    • 100 % agree. I enjoyed Transformers 1,3, Armageddon, Bad boys, so now i am a bad person because i like Bay movies? Im also looking forward to see TMNT, I loved it when I was a child.

      • I too love many Bay movies.

        The Rock
        Transformers (All of them in the following order 1, 4, 3, 2)
        Pearl Harbor
        Bad Boys 1 and 2

        However, Pain and Gain, TMNT, and The Island I did not like so much.

  2. This reboot is not a success yet.

    $125 million production budget + $50 million in marketing = $175 million. That is the amount it must exceed to turn a profit as a movie.

    It made an estimated $65 million domestic in its first weekend. That is good money for an August release. Another $30 million internationally, not as good as it was released in all major markets. For a total of about $95 million on its first weekend. The typical movie sees a drop of about 50% in its second weekend. So, it is unlikely that the TMNT reboot will break $200 million domestic or $100 million internationally. Expendables 3 will eat into next weekends take.

    Say it makes $300 million in theaters, not bad. $300 million -$175 million= $125 million profit. Again not bad. However, that is not a blockbuster by today’s standard. The first Transformers movie made $700 million in theaters and tickets were cheaper in 2007.

    This reboot will make money on toys to be sure. I have no idea how much. But, they have competition from Nickelodeon in the toy market. So, it won’t be Star Wars toys kinda money.

    If there is a sequel, as has been announced, then my guess is that it will cost less than $125 for production, more like $75 million. It is unlikely that it will get a bigger budget.

    • I read that it won’t be released in the uk until way later. Don’t know about the rest of Europe but I would think that you are mistaken about the international releases. But like I said I only know about uk. But why would they release everywhere but uk?

      • The only major international markets it was released in were Russia and Mexico and in both countries it made higher than Guardians did its first week. As you said it doesn’t come out to the UK until October and it doesn’t come out to Japan until December. Not sure on China, but it still has a lot of major markets left.

  3. I hate everyone who pays money to see this trash

    • I hate everyone who takes time out of there day to leave nasty comments on the internet.


      • Nice one doc.

      • And finally, I hate people who hate others for their concept of fun. This film was not Casablanca. It didn’t change my life. But it wasn’t “trash” either. The fool expecting highbrow intellectual art from a movie about Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles is a fool indeed.

    • Agree… How can people watch this derivative, cynical rubbish. The people involved don’t care about the film, they just want to make money. and people gobble it up like the brain-dead sheeple they are. They wouldn’t know film if it bit them on the chin.

      • Agreed. Enjoying a fun movie should not be villified. Unfortunately there always be the Talibans of ‘good’taste.

        • I read an excellent scathing review of this film – justified on all counts. However, the theme was: Don’t blame or punish the viewer, just the makers. In other words, the film genuinely sucked sewage, but moviegoers were thirsting and hungering for something from this property to arrive in theaters regardless of greatness or lack thereof.

      • Then I look forward to your film :) And, if you want to do a kickstarter for your opus then I will gladly donate. Seriously.

      • I love how people go out of their way to talk down to people who watch these movies. Like they are somehow superior to everyone else. Hilarious. In reality opinions are subjective, there is no objectively good or bad movie because it’s a matter of subjective opinion. It’s all about perspective. I mean how lame do you have to be to talk trash about a movie based on a cartoon of talking ninja turtles that’s obviously aimed at kids? Do you go around punching little kids who like Disney movies as well? lol. The problem with snobby critics is that they are too narrow minded to appreciate anything. They have no perspective. They need every movie to fit into their narrow little vision of how movies should be made thus missing out of the bigger picture that movies are entertainment first and foremost thus depriving themselves of enjoying anything. Man, it must suck to be a stuck up snob.

  4. I think everyone has a right to their own opinion which is exactly what the comments section is for….but to that I ask people who liked this movie what it is that they really enjoyed?

    Obviously everyone seeing this has some sort of bias, and going in my thought was that although not directing this will look like a Michael Bay movie. I think my biggest problem with this movie as an adult trying to enjoy it, was that everything is kind of shoved in your face without any regard for development or importance. Why does shredder need a gigantic robotic suit that just happens to be sitting around? What were the foot trying to make with everything they were stealing? Why gloss right over the TGRI canister? Why not semi-explain away the turtles and splinders human like physic?

    Other personal problems I had had to do with the script, jokes that didnt work at any level, and most importantly how I didnt feel like the voices matched the CGI turtles. Maybe it was just me, but I think they tried a little too hard to adjust the natural voices of the actors, or just flat out picked the wrong people. I mean jonny knoxville?

    I am not going to bad mouth people that liked this movie, you have every right. I thought it was pretty terrible, and from the look of other review sites…people seem to lean toward me.

    • Things I really liked about the film:
      When the turtles were together it was great. I personally thought they picked some really good voice actors. Knoxville obviously was brought in for “star” recognition but even his Leonardo was dumbed down. It has a slow beginning, but, when the film gets going its was a non-stop thrill ride for me. It was entertaining and fun for me.
      The jokes, well, I guess it is a matter of personal taste. Yes, they were at times juvenille, but, hey there is a jizz joke in Guardians.

      As for not explaining more back story, that is most likely an executive decision I guess. I always remember to the Daredevil Director’s Cut where the producer were contemplating what film they wanted to put out. The Director’s cut with this side story, or, add more to the love story with Ben & Jennifer because they were the IT thing at the time.
      With, Turtles, I can understand meetings debating whether they should make a lean and straight forward popcorn film, or, make it more like the original film with their story structure?

      I personally like the original’s structure with the story, but, there was some corny stuff in there too. And, product placement from Domino’s. AND, Mikey had a thing for April in that too.

      The OSCORP of the origin story I didn’t like it that much. Nor, treating the Shredder as a more of just a villain of the month type of deal.

      For a sequel, more of the Turtles obviously and make them the primary focus. I give them kudos for making April a central focus, but, its following the Transformers formula exactly.

      Why the Shredder needs a mech suit? Definitely to match the size of these new Turtles. The originals were all shorties correct?

  5. Time will come when people get fed up with Marvel, it is their time now and it seems whatever they are giving us is great (although not really!!!) But as always people will look for something new…

  6. Everyone needs to calm down. Let’s take a step away from the fact that’s a reboot and focus on Michael Bay. HE WAS A PRODUCER. He didn’t direct this, he helped fund this movie. His is attachment to this film is just as grand as the Texas Chainsaw, Friday the 13th reboots, and The Purge. I’m not defending Michael Bay or this film, but know your stuff guys.

    It’s 2014, not 1990, if they did a reboot mirroring the original, you guys would still be complaining.

  7. I liked the movie, it was a bit slow at the beginning but it got better as time went on. There were some flaws but I could care less if there were any, I’m a devoted turtles fan and I will love the franchise no matter how bad it can get. I mean with the ‘Next Mutantion’, it definitely went down hill until the 2003 series came along and that boosted everything. So only time will tell if people will get tired of the boys but until then just enjoy it while it lasts.

  8. Everybody talks about Krang, but you know who I want to see… the NEUTRINOS!!

  9. i’m done with micheal bay movies..all i could think of while watching this is where is optimus prime? why? because all this was a fight scene from transformers and G.I joes reenacted by ”turtles” with a heavy dose of micheal bay’s signature cgi to compensate for the poor script..no poor is understating it absolutely rubbish script.
    the only reson megan fox is in micheal bay movies is because no one else in their right mind would sleep with micheal bay. TMNT is worst movie ever made. any sequel should be stopped now please. and someone punch micheal bay in the head if you see him

  10. Hey TMNT FANS, this is 2014. Not 1990 or 1991 or 1993. That time & this time is different. Time has changed. Has been 25 years. I’m a great TMNT fan too. However, this Movie might be Good. Let me Watch it first. It may be Good enough. So Show Great Admiration. And Once Bebop & Rocksteady come back in the Sequel along with Dimension X , it will be a Great Movie of TMNT 2 to Watch.

  11. The Sequel to the TMNT reboot will give a Wrath of Khan/G.I. Joe Retaliation direction and focus on the Shredder’s vengence against the turtles and plans to show the world to know of their presence. the writers of the TMNT reboot will erase the mistakes that the first film had which led to mixed-to-poor criticism and they’ll get rid of bad director Johnathan Liebesman.

  12. We want Traag, Krang, Bebop, Rocksteady, Baxter and THE TECHNODROME in the 2nd movie!!! THESE are the essence of the TMNT!!!

  13. Thanks for the sequel mister Bay. U just made my day

  14. I liked it….that’s it, but that’s my opinion