“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (TMNT) earned $400 million at the international box office this weekend. The movie climbed the foreign movie charts in China, raking in $34.7 million and dethroning “Lucy” as the top performer in the country's box office. The animated film had 121,951 screenings and 4.9 million admissions.
“TMNT” actress Megan Fox reportedly missed the film's premiere in China due to a skin allergy but was able to attend the press conference. Local media surmised that pollution caused Fox's allergy, but representatives of the actress denied it.
Despite the warm reception overseas, the movie received negative reviews.
“The script is equal parts pop-culture references, toilet humour and patience-sapping contrivance”. He also panned the CG rendition of the turtles, and described them as “nightmarish blends of the Elephant Man and a marrowfat pea,” wrote Robbie Colin of the Telegraph.
Meanwhile, Simon Abrams of Roger Erbert gave the film one star and a half. “Exposition is dumped over viewers' heads in every other scene, action scenes are loud and uncoordinated, and every joke feels like it was scripted hastily,” he wrote. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is an energy-sapping exercise in futility that will leave you begging for less.”
The film's popularity alarmed the RSPCA, an animal welfare organization. RSCPA officers voiced concerns that young viewers and their parents will buy terrapins on a whim after seeing the movie, then abandon the creatures when they get too big. This would result in an influx of abandoned terrapins.
The first “TNMT” film in 1990 sparked the same trend. RSCPA said that animal shelters took in a number of abandoned terrapins following the film's run in theaters, while other owners left their terrapins in ponds in public parks.
RSPCA also warned the public that terrapins can carry salmonella, a type of bacteria.
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