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 Sat, Sep. 20 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 20 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld$7,917,195-8%2,915--$2,716$16,521,2631Sony / Screen Gems
2The Fighting Temptations$5,253,32040%2,026--$2,593$9,016,2701Paramount
3Secondhand Lions$5,134,53536%3,013--$1,704$8,907,4411New Line
4Once Upon a Time in Mexico$4,526,72428%3,2897$1,376$38,007,4812Sony / Columbia
5Cold Creek Manor$3,456,29823%2,035--$1,698$6,265,0841Disney
6Matchstick Men$3,391,48534%2,7110$1,251$22,609,3092Warner Bros.
7Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star$1,749,98953%2,0830$840$16,411,1763Paramount
8Cabin Fever$1,633,22324%2,10518$776$13,763,2962Lionsgate
9Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$1,592,54155%1,746-283$912$291,636,51711Disney
10Freaky Friday (2003)$1,158,60861%1,850-717$626$104,433,5267Disney