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. 18 - Sun, Dec. 20

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$77,025,481--3,452--$22,313$77,025,4811Fox
2The Princess and the Frog$12,185,949-50%3,47541$3,507$44,716,3582Disney
3The Blind Side$10,021,280-33%3,40719$2,941$164,726,3785Warner Bros.
4Did You Hear About the Morgans?$6,616,571--2,718--$2,434$6,616,5711Sony / Columbia
5The Twilight Saga: New Moon$4,407,598-45%3,035-600$1,452$274,597,4435Summit
6Invictus$4,203,171-51%2,1250$1,978$15,877,9562Warner Bros.
7Disney's A Christmas Carol$3,443,464-50%2,070-332$1,664$130,814,8467Disney
8Brothers (2009)$2,889,121-42%2,009-79$1,438$22,349,8623Lionsgate
9Old Dogs$2,340,575-47%2,630-460$890$43,625,3794Disney
102012$2,204,688-49%2,242-596$983$159,028,8866Sony / Columbia