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. 6 - Sun, Feb. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Barbershop 2: Back in Business$24,241,618--2,711--$8,942$24,241,6181MGM
2Miracle$19,379,364--2,605--$7,439$19,379,3641Disney
3You Got Served$7,519,203-53%1,94310$3,870$25,864,5322Sony / Screen Gems
4Along Came Polly$6,846,902-26%2,958-94$2,315$75,050,6324Universal
5The Butterfly Effect$6,512,743-32%2,519-86$2,585$41,318,4663New Line
6Catch That Kid$5,824,588--2,847--$2,046$5,824,5881Fox
7The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$4,293,487-19%1,878-378$2,286$351,137,3648New Line
8Mystic River$3,638,515-17%1,3700$2,656$69,894,55517Warner Bros.
9Cold Mountain$3,242,434-20%1,917-583$1,691$82,887,8617Miramax
10Big Fish$3,151,418-30%1,617-663$1,949$59,718,0389Sony / Columbia