‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows’ fizzled this summer, despite the fact that by most accounts, it was a far, far better movie than its 2014 predecessor. Not only was it a superior movie overall, it was the first ‘TMNT’ film to integrate cartoon villains BeBop, Rocksteady, Baxter Stockwell and Krang, as well as a new version of fan favorite vigilante Casey Jones played by Stephen Amell.
Yet the sequel made only $245 million, less than half of the $493 million the first movie made.
What went wrong? Even the producers don’t know. While promoting their new movie ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller looked back on ‘Out of the Shadows’ and admit that even they are perplexed regarding the weak performance.
“We were obviously surprised at the box office results. We loved the movie. We loved making the movie. From our first Super Bowl teaser to everything we launched, we felt so good about our material, and for some reason it did not find the audience that the first movie found. And we talk about it all the time, and we tried to figure it out, but we cannot put our finger on what happened. We really can’t. It’s just one of those things where we feel like we made a really great movie; we thought at the time that our release date was great, and we added all these new characters with Bebop and Rocksteady and Baxter Stockwell had a big role in the movie and Casey Jones and for some reason when it came to opening weekend…Even before the movie came out, we were feeling great. And you wake up two days before the movie opens and you go, “Wow, I don’t know if this movie is tracking as well as it should.” Then you hope, and then Thursday night happens and your midnights come in and you’re like, “That’s not what Movie 1 did,” and then sure enough your weekend comes and it’s nowhere near what anyone thought, and it’s nowhere near Movie 1, and, before you know it, it’s over. We’re still so proud of the movie; it just didn’t find an audience. We really don’t know why.”
Does ‘Out of the Shadows’ underwhelming performance mean there won’t be a third in this series?
“I don’t think there’s Turtles 3, but I wouldn’t say there’s never going to be another Turtles movie.”
Oh, that’s a given. There will one day be another Turtles movie, even if it’s many years down the line. If a studio smells money to be made, they will pounce. After all, the Turtles brand is going its fourth decade and new generations are continuously being drawn to it.
Did you see ‘Out of the Shadows’ in theaters? If so, were you happy with the result? Are you upset that there won’t a third film in this franchise?