'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, Apr. 4 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Clash of the Titans (2010)$13,812,670-35%3,777--$3,657$63,890,1101Warner Bros.
2How to Train Your Dragon$6,897,178-38%4,0605$1,699$92,135,9162Paramount / DreamWorks
3Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$6,609,732-37%2,155--$3,067$29,289,5371Lionsgate
4The Last Song$2,897,687-51%2,673--$1,084$25,395,0411Disney
5Hot Tub Time Machine$2,124,205-30%2,77117$767$27,913,0342MGM
6Alice in Wonderland (2010)$2,055,114-35%2,980-404$690$309,733,7535Disney
7The Bounty Hunter$1,397,343-40%3,11844$448$48,849,3003Sony / Columbia
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$1,042,488-45%2,842-241$367$46,011,6503Fox
9She's Out of My League$390,840-31%1,390-1042$281$28,712,9744Paramount
10Shutter Island$371,027-37%1,356-767$274$123,440,9377Paramount