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.
1Wayne's World$8,430,3981%1,8780$4,489$40,720,4755Paramount
2My Cousin Vinny$7,416,751--1,227--$6,045$7,416,7511Fox
3The Lawnmower Man$5,356,688-31%1,29822$4,127$13,108,6592New Line
4Fried Green Tomatoes$3,344,045-15%1,327-4$2,520$43,431,54512Universal
5Article 99$2,461,469--1,262--$1,950$2,461,4691Orion
6Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!$2,070,605-36%1,785-173$1,160$16,822,8354Universal
7Medicine Man$1,925,524-29%1,190-92$1,618$30,292,2056Disney
8The Hand That Rocks the Cradle$1,877,290-28%1,429-161$1,314$49,240,31110Disney
9Gladiator (1992)$1,823,569-45%1,35661$1,345$5,128,7582Columbia
10Once Upon a Crime$1,793,192-45%1,1010$1,629$5,042,9322MGM