'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, Apr. 27 - Sun, Apr. 29

Wide (1000+)

1Driven$12,174,504--2,905--$4,191$12,174,5041Warner Bros.
2Bridget Jones's Diary$7,528,349-26%2,532311$2,973$15,221,8013Miramax
3Spy Kids$5,784,764-43%3,105-86$1,863$49,616,0515Miramax / Dimension
4Along Came a Spider$5,603,083-36%2,57330$2,178$17,698,6614Paramount
5Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles$4,659,727-40%2,1241$2,194$6,194,3912Paramount
6Blow$3,354,646-43%1,713-390$1,958$14,453,7614New Line
7Town & Country$3,029,858--2,222--$1,364$3,029,8581New Line
8The Forsaken$3,020,159--1,514--$1,995$3,020,1591Sony / Screen Gems
9Joe Dirt$2,708,925-49%2,484-154$1,091$9,408,0513Sony / Columbia
10Freddy Got Fingered$2,522,946-64%2,269-2$1,112$4,213,3922Fox