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 2: Monsters Unleashed$29,438,768--3,312--$8,889$29,438,7681Warner Bros.
2The Ladykillers$12,635,905--1,583--$7,982$12,635,9051Disney
3The Passion of the Christ$12,593,872-35%3,214-36$3,918$315,153,6115Newmarket
4Dawn of the Dead (2004)$10,675,217-60%2,7483$3,885$44,219,1572Universal
5Jersey Girl$8,319,171--1,520--$5,473$8,319,1711Miramax
6Taking Lives$6,558,839-43%2,7050$2,425$21,719,6722Warner Bros.
7Starsky & Hutch$6,212,399-40%2,985-200$2,081$76,823,8824Warner Bros.
8Hidalgo$5,335,861-37%2,667-262$2,001$56,425,2864Disney
9Secret Window$5,314,388-43%2,912-106$1,825$40,572,0183Sony / Columbia
10Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind$5,256,301-36%1,3574$3,873$16,553,8022Focus