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. 12 - Sun, Sep. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Game$14,337,029--2,403--$5,966$14,337,0291PolyGram
2G.I. Jane$3,501,708-34%2,04327$1,714$22,035,7844Disney
3Fire Down Below$3,260,264-46%2,35014$1,387$9,333,3582Warner Bros.
4Money Talks$3,211,458-34%1,942-52$1,654$20,621,9514New Line
5Air Force One$2,809,305-27%2,190-278$1,283$163,219,9978Sony / Columbia
6Hoodlum$2,535,151-37%2,0200$1,255$6,582,6363MGM / United Artists
7Conspiracy Theory$2,304,577-31%1,972-232$1,169$51,470,3566Warner Bros.
8Excess Baggage$1,865,300-35%2,109-102$884$11,029,0633Sony / Columbia
9George of the Jungle$1,763,65438%2,046727$862$58,959,8529Disney
10Mimic$1,650,325-41%1,772-187$931$18,464,9284Miramax / Dimension