“Turtles 2” Producer Can’t Figure Out Failure

The first “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” film reboot in 2014 may have been a critical dud, but it was a big success sales wise with $493 million in worldwide grosses.

Earlier this Summer, the sequel came out to reviews that suggested only a slight improvement. However the box-office haul was just half that of its predecessor – $246 million. That’s a big disappointment for a film that cost $135 million and that’s before a costly marketing campaign.

As a result, a third installment in the current ‘Turtles’ film series is unlikely to happen and we probably won’t see another film on that front until the inevitable next reboot.

Speaking with Collider this week, franchise producer Andrew Form spoke fairly candidly about the second film’s failure and what it means for the franchise going forward:

“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.

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 [explain it]. 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.”

Form confirmed no plans are currently underway for a continuation of the franchise but did stop short of declaring the brand over as a film property with the characters potentially returning in an alternate incarnation.