'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, May. 30 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$15,034,800-11%4,3678$3,443$133,061,4142Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$9,576,790-7%3,646--$2,627$30,095,2591Disney
3Sex and the City 2$8,063,000-19%3,445--$2,340$45,210,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
4Iron Man 2$5,852,544-5%3,804-373$1,539$275,035,9004Paramount
5Robin Hood$3,727,000-2%3,373-132$1,105$83,126,0003Universal
6Letters to Juliet$1,864,870-14%2,825-150$660$36,537,1903Summit
7Just Wright$728,904-12%1,195-636$610$18,154,0963Fox Searchlight
8Date Night$630,947-6%1,126-743$560$93,515,4638Fox
9MacGruber$573,0007%2,546-5$225$7,216,0002Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon$404,240-12%825-926$490$212,755,05310Paramount / DreamWorks
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$317,000-4%891-1234$356$61,702,0005Warner Bros. / New Line
4City Island$145,429-16%201-33$724$4,741,15011Anchor Bay
5The Back-up Plan$103,281-3%391-688$264$36,526,4956CBS Films
6The Bounty Hunter$97,607-1%287117$340$65,573,29511Sony / Columbia
7Kites$93,041-6%176-32$529$1,443,6622Reliance Big Cinema
8Hot Tub Time Machine$86,00016%36486$236$49,945,00010MGM
9Death at a Funeral (2010)$82,3523%247-314$333$41,874,0447Sony / Screen Gems
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$82,0005%225-187$364$161,322,0009Warner Bros.
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$79,948-21%283-69$283$62,687,11611Fox
12Furry Vengeance$71,4184%247-1122$289$16,464,3035Summit
13Shutter Island$65,715-2%201-55$327$127,811,97415Paramount
15Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$42,044-2%17744$238$59,944,3699Lionsgate
16Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$17,877-29%108-58$166$88,520,12116Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$120,0006%480$2,500$7,007,00011Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Losers$39,000-7%83-102$470$23,231,0006Warner Bros.
4Princess Kaiulani$33,78111%38-9$889$593,4673Roadside Attractions
5Solitary Man$30,067-7%62$5,011$216,8352Anchor Bay
6The Ghost Writer$26,713-12%58-28$461$15,311,66915Summit
7Under the Sea 3D$12,000-29%180$667$22,212,00068Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Tooth Fairy$10,704-11%76-39$141$59,954,88619Fox
9Our Family Wedding$9,83016%52-32$189$20,209,47712Fox Searchlight
10The Secret of Kells$8,992-13%252$360$533,18813GKIDS
11The Square (2010)$5,844-5%153$390$284,1548Apparition
12Racing Dreams$1,9237%8-25$240$27,7932Hanover House
13The Runaways$1,111-18%11-19$101$3,570,62011Apparition
14The Joneses$940-29%8-19$118$1,435,0847Roadside Attractions