Grosses

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' ($3.514M) Inches Past 'Guardians of the Galaxy' ($3.511M) in a Very Close Race for First on TuesdayAugust 20, 2014 12:53 PM

by Daniel Garris

In what was an extremely close race for first place on Tuesday, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returned to the top spot for the day with $3.514 million. Paramount's high-profile franchise re-launch outpaced Guardians of the Galaxy by a very slim $2,303 for the day. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was up 25 percent over Monday and down 54 percent from last Tuesday. The film continues to outpace expectations in a big way with $124.08 million through twelve days of release. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently running 20 percent ahead of the $103.78 million twelve-day gross of 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy was down one spot from Monday to place in a very close second with $3.511 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel increased 22 percent over Monday and was down 47 percent from last Tuesday. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed a stronger than expected $229.06 million in 19 days. That currently ranks the film as the sixth highest grossing release of 2014 thus far and the film will soon surpass X-Men: Days of Future Past to move into fifth place for the year.

Fox's Let's Be Cops held steady in third with $2.51 million. The low-budget action-comedy was up 19 percent over Monday, which represented one of the day's smaller daily increases among wide releases. Let's Be Cops surpassed the $30 million mark on Tuesday and has grossed a very solid $30.83 million in its first seven days. That is towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and places the film 22 percent behind the recent $39.45 million seven-day take of Tammy.

Lionsgate's The Expendables 3 took in $1.62 million to remain in fourth place. The third installment of the ensemble action franchise starring Sylvester Stallone was up a solid 23 percent over Monday, but still continues to disappoint in the bigger picture. The Expendables 3 has grossed $18.82 million in five days, which places it a sizable 46 percent behind the $34.61 million five-day start of 2012's The Expendables 2.

The Giver rounded out Tuesday's top five with $1.57 million. The young adult sci-fi adaptation from The Weinstein Company increased 20 percent over Monday's performance. With a five-day start of $15.19 million, The Giver is running towards the low end of expectations and 18 percent ahead of the $12.83 million five-day take of last year's The Host.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Sep. 1 - Sun, Sep. 3

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Uncle Buck$7,822,64016%1,832-3$4,270$23,342,4163Universal
2Parenthood$6,074,938-5%1,3906$4,370$62,684,0845Universal
3The Abyss$5,532,13517%1,5327$3,611$26,799,3214Fox
4When Harry Met Sally...$4,849,36420%1,149-22$4,221$45,108,8008Columbia
5Lethal Weapon 2$4,659,65440%1,61353$2,889$87,624,3429Warner Bros.
6Turner & Hooch$3,840,10027%1,536-15$2,500$38,204,4996Disney
7Batman (1989)$2,866,28310%1,34442$2,133$237,887,28611Warner Bros.
8Honey, I Shrunk the Kids$2,739,30758%1,25768$2,179$70,602,18611Disney
9Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade$2,701,555272%1,049618$2,575$135,314,75415Paramount
10Casualties of War$2,326,728-19%1,482-5$1,570$10,394,4873Columbia