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, Dec. 4 - Sun, Dec. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Bug's Life$17,174,883-48%2,70115$6,359$68,679,9702Disney
2Psycho (1998)$10,031,850--2,477--$4,050$10,031,8501Universal
3Enemy of the State$9,668,783-47%2,45823$3,934$47,821,5773Disney
4The Rugrats Movie$7,632,293-64%2,8329$2,695$55,963,8793Paramount
5The Waterboy$6,511,707-52%2,778-4$2,344$99,666,0865Disney
6Meet Joe Black$2,417,780-58%2,188-339$1,105$31,094,5904Universal
7Babe: Pig in the City$2,375,065-61%2,3873$995$8,537,7052Universal
8I Still Know What You Did Last Summer$1,732,855-61%2,212-261$783$29,732,7334Sony / Columbia
9Home Fries$1,725,359-54%1,9250$896$5,509,3822Warner Bros.
10Very Bad Things$1,518,619-53%1,2600$1,205$4,764,4722PolyGram