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 Thu, Apr. 1 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 1 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Passion of the Christ$1,279,5000%3,214-36$398$320,254,1155Newmarket
2Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed$1,272,573-5%3,312--$384$34,960,2671Warner Bros.
3The Ladykillers$861,455-7%1,583--$544$16,395,1961Disney
4Dawn of the Dead (2004)$674,088-2%2,7483$245$47,172,8842Universal
5Jersey Girl$576,909-3%1,520--$380$10,705,0701Miramax
6Taking Lives$536,935-5%2,7050$198$23,981,0812Warner Bros.
7Starsky & Hutch$453,996-2%2,985-200$152$78,690,3454Warner Bros.
8Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind$449,318-6%1,3574$331$18,478,6522Focus
9Hidalgo$409,042-3%2,667-262$153$58,097,1094Disney
10Secret Window$361,1161%2,912-106$124$42,007,1343Sony / Columbia