LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Turtle power isn't all that strong the second time around.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" opened to $35.3 million, according to comScore estimates Sunday - close to half of what the first film opened to in 2014. It's the latest in a string of underwhelming openings for sequels this summer, including "X-Men: Apocalypse," which fell a hefty 66 percent in its second weekend in theaters, earning $22.3 million for a second-place finish.

On the brighter side, the romantic tearjerker "Me Before You" proved again the might of the female audience. The film opened higher than expected with $18.3 million, putting it squarely in third place.

Meanwhile, the Lonely Island mockumentary "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping," earned $4.6 million to take eighth place.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Based on 30 critics

The turtles battle Shredder (Brian Tee), mad scientist Baxter Stockman, Bebop, Rocksteady and Krang. Read More

Me Before You
Based on 36 critics

A paralyzed man gets a new lease on life when a cheerful young woman becomes his caregiver. Read More

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