'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, Jan. 18 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 18 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kangaroo Jack$7,424,58599%2,818--$2,635$11,147,9511Warner Bros.
2National Security$6,055,91235%2,729--$2,219$10,540,1511Sony / Columbia
3Catch Me If You Can (2002)$4,955,61266%3,050-175$1,625$131,738,2724DreamWorks
4Just Married$4,819,84729%2,7693$1,741$30,102,7672Fox
5The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$4,521,78570%3,110-367$1,454$294,815,8065New Line
6A Guy Thing$2,665,2838%2,515--$1,060$5,129,9301MGM
7Two Weeks Notice$1,778,60551%2,240-515$794$83,851,0445Warner Bros.
8Gangs of New York$1,690,94173%2,170-170$779$59,436,5625Miramax
9Maid in Manhattan$1,361,97459%2,171-755$627$87,472,1596Sony / Columbia
10Antwone Fisher$1,300,13176%1,02114$1,273$13,563,9375Fox Searchlight