'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 Tue, Jun. 29 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$8,217,939-8%4,0280$2,040$244,029,2142Disney
2Grown Ups$4,579,756-14%3,534--$1,296$50,397,0891Sony / Columbia
3Twilight/New Moon (Double Feature)$2,385,237--2,037--$1,171$2,385,2370Summit
4Knight and Day$2,128,512-2%3,098--$687$31,720,7881Fox
5The Karate Kid (2010)$2,114,368-1%3,74077$565$140,039,5163Sony / Columbia
6The A-Team$831,342-4%3,242-302$256$64,746,7423Fox
7Shrek Forever After$524,9512%2,340-867$224$230,579,2766Paramount / DreamWorks
8Get Him to the Greek$470,635-17%2,189-403$215$55,656,2704Universal
9Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$379,9495%1,851-754$205$86,963,4975Disney
11Jonah Hex$233,126-11%2,8250$83$9,665,3292Warner Bros.
12Iron Man 2$180,240-7%1,169-443$154$307,318,3508Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sex and the City 2$202,1685%901-779$224$93,466,8835Warner Bros. / New Line
2Letters to Juliet$111,73062%509-297$220$49,718,0077Summit
3How to Train Your Dragon$111,06825%333120$334$215,622,73114Paramount / DreamWorks
4Robin Hood$86,970-4%669-377$130$103,301,7707Universal
5Solitary Man$54,15818%17770$306$2,174,9706Anchor Bay
6Splice$35,540-3%340-604$105$16,301,4614Warner Bros
7Date Night$34,5346%286-59$121$97,387,67312Fox
8Clash of the Titans (2010)$26,4063%226-41$117$162,749,65113Warner Bros.
9The Back-up Plan$20,00125%147-19$136$37,279,19110CBS Films
10Furry Vengeance$19,06921%157-78$121$17,321,1689Summit
11City Island$17,01114%105-28$162$6,188,17615Anchor Bay
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid$15,39753%105-41$147$63,720,10415Fox
13A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$12,608-4%172-56$73$62,927,9089Warner Bros. / New Line
14Just Wright$10,853-2%111-47$98$21,241,0687Fox Searchlight
15Raavan$9,98338%115-5$87$680,4782Reliance Big Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$65,5079%500$1,310$9,289,62315Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Winter's Bone$55,93412%7031$799$1,170,1983Roadside Attractions
3Cyrus$36,972-5%1713$2,175$642,2022Fox Searchlight
4Under the Sea 3D$14,05431%13-2$1,081$22,611,48372Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Secret of Kells$1,80516%150$120$641,35317GKIDS
8The Square (2010)$1,795-2%8-4$224$383,33212Apparition
9Princess Kaiulani$1,47223%8-8$184$828,8627Roadside Attractions
10The Joneses$46823%3-4$156$1,466,04011Roadside Attractions
11Racing Dreams$20884%20$104$45,3546Hanover House