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.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Aug. 8 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 8 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1S.W.A.T.$13,584,089--3,202--$4,242$13,584,0891Sony / Columbia
2Freaky Friday (2003)$8,010,64664%2,954--$2,712$18,907,9271Disney
3American Wedding$4,921,85652%3,1753$1,550$54,674,4502Universal
4Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$3,793,25664%3,170-220$1,197$223,521,9315Disney
5Seabiscuit$3,362,80076%2,4287$1,385$60,914,5023Universal
6Spy Kids 3D: Game Over$2,822,41456%3,38824$833$80,136,3333Miramax / Dimension
7Bad Boys II$1,762,92938%2,449-573$720$118,815,8554Sony / Columbia
8Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life$1,548,04720%3,036-186$510$50,047,4663Paramount
9Finding Nemo$698,22642%1,502-275$465$323,101,96111Disney
10Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines$453,65036%1,275-635$356$144,822,2956Warner Bros.