'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 Sun, Jan. 25 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 25 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paul Blart: Mall Cop$5,944,471-41%3,1440$1,891$64,923,7252Sony / Columbia
2Underworld: Rise of the Lycans$4,966,900-37%2,942--$1,688$20,829,4461Sony / Screen Gems
3Gran Torino$4,493,628-40%3,04573$1,476$97,821,6603Warner Bros.
4Hotel for Dogs$4,147,646-33%3,2710$1,268$37,455,5952Paramount / DreamWorks
5Slumdog Millionaire$3,147,630-34%1,411829$2,231$56,063,99711Fox Searchlight
6My Bloody Valentine 3D$2,567,157-41%2,5340$1,013$37,686,4022Lionsgate
7Inkheart$2,096,961-38%2,655--$790$7,602,1611Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$1,704,002-37%2,26340$753$111,125,9075Paramount
9Defiance (2008)$1,621,088-36%1,7934$904$18,567,4564Paramount Vantage
10Bride Wars$1,607,657-48%2,621-607$613$48,570,1793Fox