Grosses

'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 Mon, Aug. 31 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 31 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Final Destination$2,233,739-65%3,121--$716$29,642,2861Warner Bros. / New Line
2Inglourious Basterds$1,964,227-64%3,1650$621$74,985,5802Weinstein Company
3Halloween II (2009)$1,091,482-65%3,025--$361$17,439,5781Weinstein / Dimension
4District 9$1,026,765-65%3,180130$323$91,410,5183Sony / TriStar
5Julie & Julia$718,696-61%2,50340$287$71,351,2764Sony / Columbia
6G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$583,252-70%3,467-486$168$132,733,3104Paramount
7The Time Traveler's Wife$577,482-63%2,961-27$195$48,478,5213Warner Bros. / New Line
8Shorts$348,882-70%3,1050$112$13,556,0752Warner Bros.
9Taking Woodstock$295,793-64%1,393--$212$3,774,1761Focus Features
10G-Force$231,093-71%1,926-635$120$112,012,7826Disney