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 Mon, Sep. 15 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 15 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Once Upon a Time in Mexico$1,753,701-72%3,282--$534$25,177,0081Sony / Columbia
2Matchstick Men$882,966-72%2,711--$326$13,970,9301Warner Bros.
3Cabin Fever$604,953-72%2,087--$290$9,239,6781Lionsgate
4Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$256,827-78%2,029-174$127$288,143,32210Disney
5Open Range$195,402-71%2,063-205$95$53,680,3155Disney
6Jeepers Creepers II$192,308-76%2,784-340$69$32,060,2473MGM / United Artists
7Seabiscuit$188,978-72%2,102-471$90$113,793,3818Universal
8Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star$161,005-87%2,08357$77$13,030,8382Paramount
9S.W.A.T.$158,827-77%2,062-538$77$112,949,7696Sony / Columbia
10Freaky Friday (2003)$139,489-87%2,567-406$54$102,105,8406Disney