This year’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, the second film in what was expected to become a series, was better recieved by fans of the Heroes in a Half-Shell than the first movie, though I [who considers himself kind of a ‘casual’ fan] didn’t feel it matched up to the critically reviled first movie, and general audiences stayed away from this one. While 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles grossed $493 million worldwide, the sequel made just $245 million – less than half of what the first instalment scored. This means that a third instalment is unlikely. Said producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller to Collider:
“I don’t think there’s Turtles 3, but I wouldn’t say there’s never going to be another Turtles movie. We were obviously surprised at the box office results. We loved the movie. We loved making the movie. We’re still so proud of the movie; it just didn’t find an audience. We really don’t know why. I think one thing we did learn is you really need to give – you can’t just add characters to a movie and expect that to be what’s fresh. It’s a sequel. You have to give the audience something that’s really new and fresh. Maybe just adding characters from the canon, that wasn’t enough.”
I’m thinking that a TV series could now be the way to go….