'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, Jun. 19 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$37,091,130-10%4,028--$9,208$78,240,0911Disney
2The Karate Kid (2010)$11,097,97826%3,6630$3,030$97,134,5552Sony / Columbia
3The A-Team$5,227,65822%3,5449$1,475$45,535,0972Fox
4Get Him to the Greek$2,307,00016%2,592-110$890$46,042,0003Universal
5Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$2,159,19124%2,605-503$829$79,129,7464Disney
6Shrek Forever After$2,133,55727%3,207-661$665$221,275,8985Paramount / DreamWorks
8Jonah Hex$1,800,000-8%2,825--$637$3,752,0001Warner Bros.
10Iron Man 2$1,049,14147%1,612-693$651$303,102,6357Paramount
11Sex and the City 2$979,0008%1,680-1070$583$89,643,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
12Robin Hood$528,00046%1,046-849$505$101,546,0006Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Splice$354,00025%944-1506$375$15,275,0003Warner Bros
2Letters to Juliet$318,97214%806-525$396$48,400,4456Summit
3Solitary Man$192,45867%10754$1,799$1,305,5935Anchor Bay
4Raavan$188,0472%119--$1,580$371,5331Reliance Big Pictures
5Date Night$148,02120%345-85$429$96,794,22611Fox
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$91,00030%267-66$341$162,136,00012Warner Bros.
7The Bounty Hunter$89,76212%174-62$516$66,711,41714Sony / Columbia
8City Island$85,59794%133-26$644$5,885,60814Anchor Bay
9Just Wright$70,85443%158-121$448$21,038,3816Fox Searchlight
10How to Train Your Dragon$63,28625%213-68$297$214,711,06713Paramount / DreamWorks
11Death at a Funeral (2010)$59,01537%16195$367$42,318,36110Sony / Screen Gems
12A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$45,00022%228103$197$62,695,0008Warner Bros. / New Line
13Furry Vengeance$43,01723%235-33$183$17,026,7198Summit
14The Back-up Plan$36,97514%16654$223$37,026,8019CBS Films
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid$27,8215%146-56$191$63,526,25414Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Winter's Bone$143,94846%3935$3,691$365,5482Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$93,00013%502$1,860$8,543,00014Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cyrus$70,07934%4--$17,520$122,2891Fox Searchlight
5Raajneeti$34,00089%56-68$607$1,412,0003UTV Communications
7Under the Sea 3D$12,000-8%150$800$22,490,00071Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Losers$7,5000%31-96$242$23,575,0009Warner Bros.
9The Square (2010)$7,04518%12-5$587$347,78111Apparition
10Princess Kaiulani$6,6439%16-10$415$803,3416Roadside Attractions
11The Joneses$4,15860%7-1$594$1,453,23910Roadside Attractions
12The Secret of Kells$4,01445%15-5$268$616,01416GKIDS
13Racing Dreams$722-26%2--$361$42,8975Hanover House