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, Dec. 8 - Sun, Dec. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Apocalypto$15,004,391--2,465--$6,087$15,004,3911Disney
2Happy Feet$12,904,730-26%3,650-154$3,536$137,937,6984Warner Bros.
3The Holiday$12,777,988--2,610--$4,896$12,777,9881Sony / Columbia
4Casino Royale (2006)$8,926,328-41%3,161-225$2,824$129,021,5454Sony / Columbia
5Blood Diamond$8,648,215--1,910--$4,528$8,648,2151Warner Bros.
6Deja Vu (2006)$6,019,882-45%2,742-366$2,195$52,998,0783Disney
7Unaccompanied Minors$5,815,538--2,775--$2,096$5,815,5381Warner Bros.
8The Nativity Story$5,713,854-27%3,0830$1,853$15,911,0492New Line
9Deck the Halls$3,993,491-40%2,766-439$1,444$30,144,7633Fox
10The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause$3,253,780-34%2,226-391$1,462$77,182,1806Disney