'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, Sep. 11 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Afterlife$9,809,654-9%3,203--$3,063$20,548,6161Sony / Screen Gems
2Takers$2,645,90448%2,191-15$1,208$46,440,1523Sony / Screen Gems
3The American$2,517,67641%2,83310$889$26,735,1492Focus
5Going the Distance (2010)$1,619,34926%3,0300$534$13,072,5142Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Other Guys$1,591,84659%2,246-361$709$111,685,8966Sony / Columbia
7The Last Exorcism$1,560,11948%2,731-143$571$37,356,6153Lionsgate
8The Expendables$1,473,45357%3,058-340$482$97,657,0265Lionsgate
9Inception$1,304,97957%1,583-121$824$281,545,9389Warner Bros.
10Eat Pray Love$1,235,17339%2,339-324$528$73,859,5655Sony / Columbia
11Nanny McPhee Returns$981,060118%2,364-344$415$25,630,9454Universal
12The Switch (2010)$920,52945%1,595-290$577$24,557,9514Miramax
13Despicable Me$770,225124%1,375-225$560$242,988,84510Universal
14Vampires Suck$749,65583%1,670-764$449$34,760,7304Fox
15The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$327,27050%1,187791$276$299,435,63611Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lottery Ticket$608,07787%905-405$672$22,340,5034Warner Bros.
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$368,30549%619-188$595$30,234,0455Universal
3Toy Story 3$342,148124%712-808$481$409,708,66013Disney
5Piranha 3D$311,55949%825-964$378$24,156,7484Weinstein Company
6Salt$290,35256%484-221$600$116,297,9208Sony / Columbia
7Dinner for Schmucks$230,27454%536-268$430$71,732,5857Paramount / DreamWorks
8Flipped$217,34750%442414$492$1,145,4966Warner Bros.
9Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$188,402120%425-30$443$42,542,1427Warner Bros.
10Grown Ups$177,86165%339-44$525$160,583,96312Sony / Columbia
11The Kids Are All Right$122,18368%218-21$560$20,175,64610Focus
12Ramona and Beezus$88,066119%275-30$320$25,468,2708Fox
13The Last Airbender$85,47189%220-37$389$131,345,51011Paramount
14The Karate Kid (2010)$61,478100%168-59$366$176,431,44314Sony / Columbia
15Winter's Bone$57,92041%11020$527$5,771,82514Roadside Attractions
16Charlie St. Cloud$51,28059%190-30$270$31,114,1657Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$65,03270%60-63$1,084$15,308,03426Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tillman Story$37,50356%251$1,500$399,8084Weinstein Company
4Knight and Day$23,96121%93-49$258$76,296,94212Fox
5The Concert$18,005105%19-1$948$490,9778Weinstein Company
6The Romantics$15,257-5%2--$7,629$31,3851Four of a Kind
7Under the Sea 3D$12,834104%15-1$856$24,149,23083Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Bran Nue Dae$11,02274%16--$689$17,3631Freestyle Releasing
9La Soga$9,465-14%72$1,352$185,87357-57 Releasing
10Cyrus$6,48227%260$249$7,395,75513Fox Searchlight
11The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,066100%4-2$517$152,6726Anchor Bay
12Solitary Man$1,88474%9-15$209$4,346,36017Anchor Bay
13White Wedding (2009)$94926%2-2$475$10,3642Dada Films
14Princess Kaiulani$85736%30$286$879,82918Roadside Attractions