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. 27 - Sun, Dec. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$48,875,084-21%3,6220$13,494$200,058,4242New Line
2Catch Me If You Can (2002)$30,054,170--3,156--$9,523$48,648,2221DreamWorks
3Two Weeks Notice$15,518,0328%2,7550$5,633$43,044,2122Warner Bros.
4Maid in Manhattan$12,524,88217%2,93872$4,263$56,950,3733Sony / Columbia
5Gangs of New York$10,948,80315%2,190686$4,999$29,877,2872Miramax
6Drumline$8,107,92214%1,669-168$4,858$36,619,3183Fox
7The Wild Thornberrys Movie$7,364,80322%3,0120$2,445$18,421,6502Paramount
8Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$6,474,29148%2,505-245$2,585$240,312,0957Warner Bros.
9The Hot Chick$4,814,2125%2,24629$2,143$22,202,1713Disney
10Die Another Day$4,367,0798%1,875-200$2,329$146,707,5056MGM