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.
|#||Title||Wed, Sep. 20 2006||Locations||Avg.||Total||Wks.||Dist.|
|1||Gridiron Gang||$731,689||-11%||3,504||--||$209||$16,808,519||1||Sony / Columbia|
|2||The Black Dahlia||$668,716||-16%||2,226||--||$300||$12,252,728||1||Universal|
|3||The Last Kiss (2006)||$326,661||-13%||1,357||--||$241||$5,685,564||1||Paramount / DreamWorks|
|4||The Illusionist (2006)||$296,176||-3%||1,438||76||$206||$23,996,394||5||Yari Film Group|
|5||The Covenant||$292,409||-7%||2,681||0||$109||$16,724,152||2||Sony / Screen Gems|
|6||Little Miss Sunshine||$289,668||-2%||1,436||-124||$202||$47,211,403||8||Fox Searchlight|
|10||The Protector (2006)||$206,572||-12%||1,541||0||$134||$9,740,410||2||The Weinstein Company|