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, Aug. 27 - Sun, Aug. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hero (2002)$18,004,319--2,031--$8,865$18,004,3191Miramax
2Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid$12,812,074--2,905--$4,410$12,812,0741Sony / Screen Gems
3Without a Paddle$8,582,263-37%2,7300$3,144$27,740,1442Paramount
4The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement$8,083,061-38%3,331-159$2,427$75,063,9353Disney
5Exorcist: The Beginning$7,081,508-61%2,81310$2,517$31,166,8202Warner Bros.
6Collateral$6,470,021-36%2,728-301$2,372$80,159,4574DreamWorks
7Alien Vs. Predator$4,908,108-60%2,880-521$1,704$72,173,9083Fox
8Open Water$4,759,727-58%2,7090$1,757$22,737,6442Lionsgate
9The Bourne Supremacy$4,644,517-28%2,079-453$2,234$157,743,3306Universal
10Suspect Zero$3,446,641--1,500--$2,298$3,446,6411Paramount