'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 Wed, Aug. 4 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$3,788,206-8%3,545-247$1,069$205,513,8343Warner Bros.
2Dinner for Schmucks$3,002,595-12%2,911--$1,031$33,502,8281Paramount / DreamWorks
3Despicable Me$2,323,595-12%3,6022$645$197,697,4854Universal
4Salt$2,317,952-15%3,6120$642$78,677,2612Sony / Columbia
5Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,781,419-15%3,705--$481$17,858,9981Warner Bros.
6Charlie St. Cloud$1,481,565-19%2,718--$545$17,450,3601Universal
7Toy Story 3$864,239-10%2,105-661$411$392,435,4167Disney
8Ramona and Beezus$778,731-10%2,7190$286$18,708,6342Fox
9The Sorcerer's Apprentice$645,529-12%2,524-980$256$54,072,8103Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$642,498-8%2,334-787$275$290,187,6105Summit
11Grown Ups$612,609-7%2,269-590$270$152,652,5316Sony / Columbia
12The Last Airbender$231,858-10%1,238-889$187$128,033,8275Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$467,261-7%847646$552$11,011,3044Focus
3Shrek Forever After$115,446-19%330128$350$236,010,57011Paramount / DreamWorks
4Knight and Day$88,167-7%831-434$106$74,452,5576Fox
5The Karate Kid (2010)$78,853-9%461-319$171$173,191,2008Sony / Columbia
6Iron Man 2$47,133-11%286-44$165$311,564,81613Paramount
7Winter's Bone$42,195-4%13910$304$4,142,1628Roadside Attractions
8The A-Team$41,932-11%282-14$149$76,293,1598Fox
10Cyrus$34,244-2%216-238$159$7,006,7287Fox Searchlight
12Get Him to the Greek$22,4250%155-66$145$60,828,5609Universal
13Letters to Juliet$22,262-3%173-61$129$52,815,60412Summit
14Robin Hood$12,5950%115-56$110$105,257,05512Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$92,198-1%530$1,740$12,409,01420Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$29,061-5%130$2,235$23,395,74677Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Date Night$10,5992%76-32$139$98,568,54417Fox
4Solitary Man$7,32111%63-42$116$4,157,23011Anchor Bay
5Jonah Hex$6,734-30%83-93$81$10,515,8247Warner Bros.
6Sex and the City 2$6,50113%42-27$155$95,155,25110Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Concert$4,02830%2--$2,014$32,5252Weinstein Company
8City Island$1,43813%15-25$96$6,649,48120Anchor Bay
9The Dry Land$1,08614%5--$217$10,4671Freestyle
11Splice$4827%14-25$34$17,009,6939Warner Bros
12Princess Kaiulani$78-33%20$39$59,70612Roadside Attractions