'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, Jan. 5 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 5 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1National Treasure: Book of Secrets$8,754,42038%3,762-70$2,327$165,907,1563Disney
2I Am Legend$6,846,19832%3,64812$1,877$224,370,8394Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks$6,782,63946%3,462-22$1,959$172,154,0414Fox
4Juno$6,524,80923%1,925906$3,390$47,617,0712Fox Searchlight
5One Missed Call$5,130,358-2%2,240--$2,290$10,345,6471Warner Bros.
6Charlie Wilson's War$3,566,36739%2,59419$1,375$50,580,5073Universal
7P.S. I Love You$3,268,27525%2,4717$1,323$37,250,6613Warner Bros.
8The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep$2,634,23942%2,7775$949$29,083,6132Sony / Columbia
9Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street$2,276,32230%1,2490$1,823$37,096,3153Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Great Debaters$1,883,56042%1,290119$1,460$20,971,1572MGM / Weinstein