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, Sep. 9 - Sun, Sep. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Exorcism of Emily Rose$30,054,493--2,981--$10,082$30,054,4931Sony / Screen Gems
2The 40-Year-Old Virgin$7,717,439-42%2,97473$2,595$82,125,5434Universal
3Transporter 2$7,388,758-55%3,32017$2,226$30,320,1102Fox
4The Constant Gardener$4,726,644-46%1,38135$3,423$19,018,8442Focus
5Red Eye$4,471,666-41%3,076-58$1,454$51,173,7414DreamWorks
6The Man$4,065,014--2,040--$1,993$4,065,0141New Line
7The Brothers Grimm$3,343,644-54%2,750-348$1,216$33,301,3513Miramax / Dimension
8Wedding Crashers$3,252,154-32%2,181-235$1,491$200,044,7629New Line
9Four Brothers$2,946,985-41%2,093-342$1,408$68,272,5455Paramount
10March of the Penguins$2,638,865-35%2,403-103$1,098$66,976,78012Warner Independent