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.
1Batman Begins$48,746,278--3,858--$12,635$72,898,9961Warner Bros.
2Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)$26,035,856-48%3,45127$7,544$96,695,7822Fox
3Madagascar$10,737,092-38%3,533-396$3,039$146,832,2754DreamWorks
4Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith$10,038,506-32%2,923-399$3,434$348,137,7325Fox
5The Longest Yard (2005)$8,240,628-41%3,312-342$2,488$132,143,5174Paramount
6The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D$6,692,907-47%2,6550$2,521$24,017,9442Miramax / Dimension
7Cinderella Man$5,570,553-43%2,610-210$2,134$43,893,3763Universal
8The Perfect Man$5,301,517--2,087--$2,540$5,301,5171Universal
9The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants$3,127,203-45%2,206-377$1,418$30,158,1453Warner Bros.
10The Honeymooners$2,649,269-52%1,9120$1,386$9,554,4082Paramount