Ninja Turtles Defeat Action Stars At Box Office
Sylvester Stallone's Expendables action heroes have failed to knock the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles off the US box office top spot.
The pizza-munching reptiles raked in $28.4m (£16.9m) in their second weekend in US cinemas.
They remain ahead of Guardians Of The Galaxy, which added another $24.7m (£14.7m) to its three-week haul of $222m (£132.6m).
Third spot was taken by adult comedy Let's Be Cops, starring Damon Wayans Jr, about two friends who become entangled in criminal intrigue when they dress up as police officers for a costume party.
The film, which has been savaged in overwhelmingly negative reviews, nevertheless took $17.7m (£10.5m) in its opening weekend, meaning the film will turn a profit after costing around $17m to make.
But it was a disappointment for the latest instalment of Stallone's The Expendables saga.
The third movie in the action romp took just $16.2m (£9.6m) on its opening weekend to finish in fourth.
The first two films in The Expendables series had taken $34.8m (£20.7m) and $28.6m (£17,m) in their opening weekends, suggesting that interest in the franchise, which groups together a galaxy of action stars including Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Jet Li, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford, is firmly on the wane.
Earlier this month, Stallone spoke to Sky News about the problems of film piracy after the movie was leaked online before its release.