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, Jul. 22 - Sun, Jul. 24

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Charlie and the Chocolate Factory$28,254,134-50%3,79020$7,455$114,059,0162Warner Bros.
2Wedding Crashers$25,665,065-24%2,9250$8,774$80,369,7912New Line
3Fantastic Four$12,648,256-44%3,449-170$3,667$122,931,4883Fox
4The Island (2005)$12,409,241--3,122--$3,975$12,409,2411DreamWorks
5Bad News Bears$11,382,495--3,183--$3,576$11,382,4951Paramount
6War of the Worlds$8,926,219-41%3,265-459$2,734$208,418,8304Paramount
7Hustle and Flow$8,018,912--1,013--$7,916$8,018,9121Paramount Classics
8The Devil's Rejects$7,067,606--1,757--$4,023$7,067,6061Lionsgate
9Batman Begins$4,727,274-22%2,275-535$2,078$191,108,5916Warner Bros.
10Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)$3,702,769-29%1,916-454$1,933$174,645,1197Fox