'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, Jul. 28 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 28 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Simpsons Movie$23,799,764-23%3,922--$6,068$54,558,7441Fox
2I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry$7,299,88018%3,5016$2,085$66,045,8782Universal
3Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix$7,073,29340%4,005-280$1,766$236,844,7003Warner Bros.
4Hairspray (2007)$6,072,72417%3,1210$1,946$55,029,7862New Line
5Transformers$4,667,51341%3,349-413$1,394$281,003,1424Paramount / DreamWorks
6No Reservations$4,498,47713%2,425--$1,855$8,496,0561Warner Bros.
8Live Free or Die Hard$2,336,16342%2,271-456$1,029$123,757,5895Fox
9I Know Who Killed Me$1,186,109-11%1,320--$899$2,513,7591Sony / Columbia
10Who's Your Caddy?$1,105,67316%1,019--$1,085$2,058,6331MGM / Weinstein