'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 Sat, Nov. 25 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 25 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Happy Feet$13,928,651-9%3,8040$3,662$91,471,9992Warner Bros.
2Casino Royale (2006)$11,687,798-10%3,4439$3,395$87,890,6692Sony / Columbia
3Deja Vu (2006)$8,139,828-1%3,108--$2,619$24,455,2731Disney
4Deck the Halls$4,724,548-6%3,205--$1,474$14,642,3821Fox
5Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan$3,972,698-10%2,552-59$1,557$107,201,0854Fox
6The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause$3,895,905-4%3,043-316$1,280$65,079,1084Disney
7Stranger Than Fiction$2,261,935-8%2,258-12$1,002$31,491,7833Sony / Columbia
8Flushed Away$2,196,784-4%2,621-686$838$56,003,5814Paramount / DreamWorks
9Bobby$1,896,4140%1,6671665$1,138$5,038,9662MGM / Weinstein
10The Fountain$1,418,211-5%1,472--$963$4,602,8401Warner Bros.