'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 Sun, Dec. 7 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 7 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Last Samurai$6,686,922-27%2,908--$2,299$24,271,0661Warner Bros.
2The Haunted Mansion$2,903,067-31%3,1220$930$45,976,8502Disney
3Honey (2003)$2,767,859-48%1,942--$1,425$12,856,9901Universal
4Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat$2,249,631-30%3,409-58$660$85,299,3363Universal
5Elf$2,103,096-42%3,119-83$674$139,542,9105New Line
6Bad Santa$1,976,716-34%2,09186$945$27,145,5322Miramax / Dimension
7Gothika$1,334,529-39%2,205-177$605$49,546,5183Warner Bros.
8The Missing$1,005,980-46%2,7560$365$21,804,8552Sony / Columbia
9Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World$925,601-44%2,344-359$395$72,557,2874Fox
10Love Actually$894,859-42%1,672-42$535$48,747,7665Universal