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. 22 - Sun, Dec. 24

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cast Away$28,884,741--2,774--$10,413$28,884,7411Fox
2What Women Want (2000)$15,890,064-53%3,04432$5,220$64,457,4682Paramount
3The Family Man$15,104,055--2,388--$6,325$15,104,0551Universal
4How the Grinch Stole Christmas$14,728,4607%3,164-92$4,655$235,123,9486Universal
5Miss Congeniality$13,853,686--2,668--$5,193$13,853,6861Warner Bros.
6Dracula 2000$8,636,567--2,204--$3,919$8,636,5671Miramax / Dimension
7The Emperor's New Groove$7,698,635-22%2,88786$2,667$17,510,9372Disney
8Vertical Limit$5,661,275-38%2,40598$2,354$38,389,4803Sony / Columbia
9Dude, Where's My Car?$5,645,536-59%2,10013$2,688$19,491,4502Fox
10Proof of Life$2,428,859-55%2,062-643$1,178$23,744,4903Warner Bros.