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. 15 - Sun, Dec. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1What Women Want (2000)$33,614,543--3,012--$11,160$33,614,5431Paramount
2Dude, Where's My Car?$13,845,914--2,087--$6,634$13,845,9141Fox
3How the Grinch Stole Christmas$13,805,425-26%3,25674$4,240$213,637,4965Universal
4The Emperor's New Groove$9,812,302--2,801--$3,503$9,812,3021Disney
5Vertical Limit$9,103,866-41%2,3070$3,946$28,813,2132Sony / Columbia
6Proof of Life$5,382,656-47%2,7050$1,990$18,811,5212Warner Bros.
7Unbreakable$3,734,493-50%2,297-385$1,626$83,157,1354Disney
8102 Dalmatians$2,664,601-57%2,190-514$1,217$48,000,0534Disney
9Dungeons & Dragons$2,438,086-66%2,0780$1,173$9,675,5082New Line
10Rugrats in Paris: The Movie$1,839,832-53%2,540-300$724$44,325,7225Paramount