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.

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)$18,813,741-26%2,226220$8,452$44,212,1082New Line
2Pretty Woman$11,270,218-10%1,707169$6,602$35,022,4793Disney
3Ernest Goes to Jail$6,143,372--1,943--$3,162$6,143,3721Disney
4The First Power$5,677,715--1,332--$4,263$5,677,7151Orion
5The Hunt for Red October$5,023,444-23%1,765-52$2,846$62,966,1076Paramount
6I Love You to Death$4,014,640--1,072--$3,745$4,014,6401TriStar
7Driving Miss Daisy$3,210,821-38%1,528-140$2,101$64,625,44017Warner Bros.
8Cry-Baby$3,004,905--1,229--$2,445$3,004,9051Universal
9Opportunity Knocks$2,097,375-40%1,2750$1,645$5,610,0002Universal
10Joe Versus the Volcano$1,475,377-55%1,085-606$1,360$26,271,1535Warner Bros.