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, Oct. 25 - Sun, Oct. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sleepers$9,605,059-22%2,080165$4,618$21,910,8042Warner Bros.
2High School High$6,311,786--2,146--$2,941$6,311,7861Sony / TriStar
3Stephen King's Thinner$5,679,046--2,009--$2,827$5,679,0461Paramount
4The Ghost and the Darkness$4,390,078-42%2,20248$1,994$21,113,0693Paramount
5The First Wives Club$4,380,111-35%2,4060$1,820$65,492,0166Paramount
6The Associate$4,261,304--1,781--$2,393$4,261,3041Disney
7The Long Kiss Goodnight$3,673,909-44%2,302-102$1,596$19,281,2373New Line
8That Thing You Do!$2,050,606-47%1,586-293$1,293$17,055,0704Fox
9D3: The Mighty Ducks$1,655,851-54%1,817-243$911$15,615,3724Disney
10The Chamber$1,269,070-58%1,826-206$695$9,908,8503Universal