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.
1Titanic$15,213,067-11%3,23364$4,706$515,254,25315Paramount
2Grease (1998 re-issue)$12,705,463--2,064--$6,156$12,705,4631Paramount
3Primary Colors$7,006,466-42%1,9683$3,560$22,246,2702Universal
4The Man in the Iron Mask$6,334,914-43%3,1010$2,043$34,683,3693MGM / United Artists
5Wild Things$5,668,105-41%2,1770$2,604$15,290,5492Sony / Columbia
6As Good as It Gets$4,302,32932%1,564-40$2,751$131,784,77814Sony / TriStar
7Good Will Hunting$4,117,1212%1,642-163$2,507$81,267,71617Miramax
8U.S. Marshals$4,116,646-43%2,436-381$1,690$39,561,4044Warner Bros.
9The Newton Boys$4,010,245--1,965--$2,041$4,010,2451Fox
10Mr. Nice Guy$2,585,530-51%1,4630$1,767$7,836,2342New Line