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.

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Scooby-Doo$54,154,815--3,447--$15,711$54,154,8151Warner Bros.
2The Bourne Identity$27,118,837--2,638--$10,280$27,118,8371Universal
3Windtalkers$14,520,412--2,898--$5,010$14,520,4121MGM
4The Sum of All Fears$13,456,336-30%3,23012$4,166$84,471,2333Paramount
5Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones$9,438,630-33%2,401-760$3,931$270,751,0235Fox
6Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood$8,874,585-45%2,5070$3,540$34,000,8502Warner Bros.
7Spider-Man$7,515,628-27%2,702-533$2,782$382,534,9317Sony / Columbia
8Bad Company (2002)$5,873,056-47%2,9440$1,995$21,585,0342Disney
9Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron$5,224,253-44%2,873-489$1,818$63,498,6254DreamWorks
10Undercover Brother$4,424,859-39%1,832-337$2,415$31,355,8153Universal