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, Jun. 2 - Sun, Jun. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casper$13,410,543-20%2,7206$4,930$38,922,7652Universal
2The Bridges of Madison County$10,519,257--1,805--$5,828$10,519,2571Warner Bros.
3Die Hard: With A Vengeance$9,310,970-38%2,518-7$3,698$35,379,0953Fox
4Braveheart$7,532,942-24%2,0350$3,702$20,441,1662Paramount
5Crimson Tide$6,518,258-36%2,383-131$2,735$36,678,4444Disney
6Forget Paris$3,522,223-54%1,6090$2,189$17,043,0313Sony / Columbia
7Johnny Mnemonic$3,241,193-56%2,0355$1,593$12,207,1212Sony / TriStar
8While You Were Sleeping$3,006,548-48%1,581-132$1,902$48,070,6207Disney
9Mad Love (1995)$2,394,619-65%1,5000$1,596$9,214,7902Disney
10Fluke$1,435,709--1,200--$1,196$1,435,7091MGM