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, Feb. 28 - Sun, Mar. 2

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cradle 2 the Grave$16,522,788--2,625--$6,294$16,522,7881Warner Bros.
2Old School$14,039,605-20%2,74253$5,120$37,381,4152DreamWorks
3Daredevil$11,119,735-39%3,234-240$3,438$84,186,8203Fox
4How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days$10,253,436-12%2,9230$3,508$77,620,1864Paramount
5Chicago$7,853,903-5%2,44792$3,210$104,897,21810Miramax
6The Jungle Book 2$6,984,862-20%2,814-1$2,482$33,867,8353Disney
7Shanghai Knights$5,027,050-23%2,515-11$1,999$50,928,6794Disney
8The Life of David Gale$4,536,695-36%2,0031$2,265$13,606,4032Universal
9Gods and Generals$2,946,019-37%1,5330$1,922$8,932,5112Warner Bros.
10The Recruit$2,728,329-20%1,508-170$1,809$48,090,6725Disney