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. 15 - Sun, Sep. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gridiron Gang$14,414,734--3,504--$4,114$14,414,7341Sony / Columbia
2The Black Dahlia$10,004,056--2,226--$4,494$10,004,0561Universal
3Everyone's Hero$6,061,817--2,896--$2,093$6,061,8171Fox
4The Covenant$4,776,716-46%2,6810$1,782$15,790,9162Sony / Screen Gems
5The Last Kiss (2006)$4,628,733--1,357--$3,411$4,628,7331Paramount / DreamWorks
6Invincible (2006)$4,113,848-27%2,830-157$1,454$51,117,5884Disney
7The Illusionist (2006)$3,623,916-20%1,43876$2,520$23,133,3555Yari Film Group
8Little Miss Sunshine$3,319,411-22%1,436-124$2,312$46,364,4488Fox Searchlight
9Hollywoodland$2,722,954-54%1,5513$1,756$10,526,5862Focus
10Crank$2,680,450-45%2,177-338$1,231$24,394,9493Lionsgate