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, Nov. 20 - Sun, Nov. 22

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Rugrats Movie$27,321,470--2,782--$9,821$27,321,4701Paramount
2Enemy of the State$20,038,573--2,393--$8,374$20,038,5731Disney
3The Waterboy$15,707,537-36%2,68914$5,841$79,553,3473Disney
4Meet Joe Black$7,871,985-48%2,5118$3,135$22,889,9802Universal
5I Still Know What You Did Last Summer$7,018,385-58%2,4430$2,873$23,538,4232Sony / Columbia
6The Siege$3,577,517-56%2,438-144$1,467$25,610,5073Fox
7I'll Be Home for Christmas$2,416,847-38%1,77617$1,361$6,315,1402Disney
8Antz$2,326,528-42%2,002-349$1,162$84,180,5458DreamWorks
9Pleasantville$2,246,978-39%1,715-58$1,310$27,250,5215New Line
10The Wizard of Oz (1998 re-issue)$1,404,455-57%1,705-177$824$10,028,3963Warner Bros.