'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, Jun. 30 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 30 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1War of the Worlds$14,425,896-32%3,908--$3,691$35,682,0740Paramount
2Batman Begins$2,637,3332%3,765-93$700$135,464,3292Warner Bros.
3Herbie: Fully Loaded$2,101,036-5%3,521220$597$26,330,9121Disney
4Bewitched$1,992,131-1%3,174--$628$29,507,8791Sony / Columbia
5Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)$1,683,8624%3,040-411$554$133,357,9903Fox
7Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith$673,6493%1,972-951$342$361,468,0196Fox
8The Longest Yard (2005)$563,630-4%1,790-1522$315$144,685,5775Paramount
9George A. Romero's Land of the Dead$563,1190%2,249--$250$13,495,3881Universal
10The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D$499,772-3%2,352-303$212$32,812,1673Miramax / Dimension