'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, Nov. 6 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Megamind$20,547,47264%3,944--$5,210$33,077,8691Paramount / DreamWorks
2Due Date$13,036,4827%3,355--$3,886$25,252,9971Warner Bros.
3For Colored Girls$7,797,2245%2,127--$3,666$15,208,2361Lionsgate
4Red (2010)$4,052,88056%3,229-120$1,255$69,661,3414Summit
5Saw 3D$3,401,17631%2,8080$1,211$36,597,1842Lionsgate
6Paranormal Activity 2$3,208,47936%3,168-71$1,013$75,499,3203Paramount
7Jackass 3D$2,233,42539%2,165-974$1,032$109,562,3724Paramount
8Hereafter$1,838,00154%2,365-59$777$27,741,8214Warner Bros.
10The Social Network$1,627,51555%1,860-907$875$84,124,6256Sony / Columbia
11Life As We Know It$1,416,47241%1,950-910$726$47,864,3085Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$754,81562%672107$1,123$4,387,5884Fox Searchlight
2The Town$561,67266%801-807$701$89,483,8538Warner Bros.
3Easy A$230,72653%486-776$475$57,130,1528Sony / Screen Gems
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$220,726100%740-1270$298$53,861,1717Warner Bros.
5Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$177,873101%353-580$504$51,820,5277Fox
6Waiting for 'Superman'$172,07341%242-88$711$5,307,3757Paramount Vantage
7Despicable Me$153,51585%307-28$500$248,220,41518Universal
8Inception$143,52146%291-110$493$291,372,65517Warner Bros.
10It's Kind of a Funny Story$79,32046%201-276$395$6,156,0865Focus
11Stone$78,18851%109-16$717$1,444,0395Relativity / Overture
12The Other Guys$75,83149%235-67$323$118,980,13714Sony / Columbia
13Takers$71,12265%21583$331$57,530,60911Sony / Screen Gems
14Nowhere Boy$66,17671%17522$378$1,159,9735Weinstein Company
15Alpha and Omega$62,81290%288-388$218$24,403,3838Lionsgate
16Case 39$29,67847%157-249$189$13,161,5726Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$292,90565%46--$6,368$470,5901Summit
2127 Hours$104,66335%4--$26,166$181,9251Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$79,81230%60-1$1,330$17,693,53034Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Catfish$22,01043%55-82$400$3,138,8438Universal / Rogue
5Under the Sea 3D$20,36994%14-2$1,455$24,701,57891Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Never Let Me Go$19,06671%51-75$374$2,272,5838Fox Searchlight
7Let Me In$13,84626%95-283$146$11,991,9756Relativity / Overture
10Jack Goes Boating$6,28056%31-4$203$489,0858Relativity / Overture
11The Tillman Story$5,36846%240$224$761,07612Weinstein Company
12Wild Target$3,98021%51$796$40,5472Freestyle
13Piranha 3D$3,32417%6-13$554$24,999,73012Weinstein Company
14Winter's Bone$1,79054%10-1$179$6,216,89822Roadside Attractions
15The Concert$1,054105%4-2$264$653,19816Weinstein Company
16I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$48364%2-1$242$91,2855Anchor Bay