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, Feb. 12 - Sun, Feb. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Message in a Bottle$16,751,560--2,538--$6,600$16,751,5601Warner Bros.
2Payback (1999)$15,630,573-26%2,75122$5,682$36,852,0992Paramount
3My Favorite Martian$11,181,043--2,275--$4,915$11,181,0431Disney
4Blast from the Past$9,160,263--2,542--$3,604$9,160,2631New Line
5Shakespeare in Love$9,050,029161%1,9561123$4,627$35,481,90010Miramax
6She's All That$8,595,257-26%2,65434$3,239$36,312,7373Miramax
7Patch Adams$3,570,665-19%2,101-628$1,700$127,004,1298Universal
8Saving Private Ryan$3,361,195-7%1,140113$2,948$199,090,05730DreamWorks
9Varsity Blues$3,147,635-18%2,036-328$1,546$25,788,7975Paramount
10The Thin Red Line$1,866,991-2%1,301-345$1,435$14,809,1018Fox