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, Aug. 14 - Sun, Aug. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1District 9$37,354,590--3,049--$12,251$37,354,5901Sony / TriStar
2G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$22,324,146-59%4,0070$5,571$98,576,0192Paramount
3The Time Traveler's Wife$18,623,154--2,988--$6,233$18,623,1541Warner Bros. / New Line
4Julie & Julia$12,057,640-40%2,3540$5,122$43,344,4892Sony / Columbia
5G-Force$6,917,460-30%3,065-417$2,257$99,057,9004Disney
6The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard$5,641,411--1,838--$3,069$5,641,4111Paramount Vantage
7Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince$5,142,035-42%2,771-684$1,856$283,880,2135Warner Bros.
8The Ugly Truth$4,447,439-34%2,733-242$1,627$77,447,4824Sony / Columbia
9Funny People$3,009,864-62%2,584-424$1,165$47,910,3823Universal
10(500) Days of Summer$2,967,853-21%1,048231$2,832$17,897,5325Fox Searchlight