'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Feb. 16 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 16 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1John Q.$8,162,36033%2,466--$3,310$14,285,9081New Line
2Crossroads (2002)$5,321,6592%2,380--$2,236$10,538,6741Paramount
3Return to Never Land$4,962,07387%2,605--$1,905$7,610,2491Disney
4Big Fat Liar$3,699,19187%2,5343$1,460$19,167,7932Universal
5Collateral Damage$3,607,74768%2,8240$1,278$25,221,4542Warner Bros.
6A Beautiful Mind$3,579,84581%2,081-139$1,720$121,827,8557Universal
7Hart's War$3,220,80141%2,459--$1,310$5,506,2921MGM
8Black Hawk Down$2,707,95079%2,150-814$1,260$93,435,9615Sony / Columbia
9Super Troopers$2,338,51718%1,780--$1,314$4,314,7891Fox Searchlight
10Snow Dogs$2,251,877109%2,286-168$985$64,738,3245Disney