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. 18 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 18 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gridiron Gang$840,026-75%3,504--$240$15,254,7601Sony / Columbia
2The Black Dahlia$779,180-67%2,226--$350$10,783,2361Universal
3The Last Kiss (2006)$354,085-68%1,357--$261$4,982,8181Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Covenant$326,651-73%2,6810$122$16,117,5672Sony / Screen Gems
5Crank$264,371-66%2,177-338$121$24,659,3203Lionsgate
6Little Miss Sunshine$262,914-67%1,436-124$183$46,627,3628Fox Searchlight
7The Illusionist (2006)$262,606-73%1,43876$183$23,395,9615Yari Film Group
8Invincible (2006)$243,980-67%2,830-157$86$51,361,5684Disney
9The Protector (2006)$239,720-69%1,5410$156$9,298,5262The Weinstein Company
10Hollywoodland$221,901-67%1,5513$143$10,749,6932Focus