'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. 13 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Megamind$13,196,91269%3,9495$3,342$80,707,5822Paramount / DreamWorks
2Unstoppable (2010)$9,507,28419%3,207--$2,965$17,481,1451Fox
3Due Date$6,371,92616%3,36510$1,894$55,363,6402Warner Bros.
4Skyline$4,305,630-9%2,880--$1,495$9,043,1851Universal / Rogue
5Morning Glory (2010)$3,926,24728%2,518--$1,559$9,609,1041Paramount
6For Colored Girls$2,980,48950%2,1270$1,401$29,134,7862Lionsgate
7Red (2010)$2,288,06845%2,878-351$795$78,574,1075Summit
8Paranormal Activity 2$1,312,46925%2,403-765$546$81,312,7054Paramount
9Saw 3D$1,232,69929%1,976-832$624$42,905,5383Lionsgate
11Jackass 3D$954,86222%1,607-558$594$114,145,8335Paramount
12The Social Network$827,64649%1,088-772$761$87,418,9767Sony / Columbia
13Hereafter$586,59748%1,691-674$347$30,130,3495Warner Bros.
14Life As We Know It$583,42232%1,239-711$471$50,486,1106Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$473,93570%175129$2,708$1,652,3772Summit
2Conviction$279,59356%493-179$567$5,871,3165Fox Searchlight
3The Town$205,39450%375-426$548$90,530,4889Warner Bros.
4Despicable Me$159,70556%273-34$585$248,714,40019Universal
5Inception$102,57135%262-29$391$291,776,49618Warner Bros.
6Waiting for 'Superman'$87,79729%204-38$430$5,832,6828Paramount Vantage
7Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$74,38951%240-500$310$54,315,9688Warner Bros.
8Easy A$73,23233%197-289$372$57,504,8849Sony / Screen Gems
9Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$69,48637%249-104$279$52,112,3098Fox
10The Other Guys$51,54937%182-53$283$119,189,81415Sony / Columbia
11Takers$44,32946%176-39$252$57,718,02712Sony / Screen Gems
12Nowhere Boy$30,50455%111-64$275$1,314,0426Weinstein Company
13Alpha and Omega$28,96951%123-165$236$24,566,2459Lionsgate
15Let Me In$22,88442%14348$160$12,051,2607Relativity / Overture
16Case 39$12,77451%106-51$121$13,239,6787Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$177,60828%2218$8,073$689,0932Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$84,50341%56-4$1,509$18,029,71335Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$32,24146%87-22$371$1,620,8046Relativity / Overture
4Under the Sea 3D$20,26719%140$1,448$24,781,94592Warner Bros. / IMAX
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$18,91129%67-134$282$6,298,6496Focus
6Never Let Me Go$11,45566%32-19$358$2,325,0149Fox Searchlight
7Cool It$10,42422%41--$254$18,9531Roadside Attractions
8Catfish$10,37538%25-30$415$3,195,2089Universal / Rogue
11Jack Goes Boating$5,15346%343$152$509,9629Relativity / Overture
12The Tillman Story$3,78752%21-3$180$778,81313Weinstein Company
13Wild Target$3,51099%50$702$53,1953Freestyle
14Winter's Bone$1,001147%100$100$6,039,44223Roadside Attractions
15The Concert$685--3-1$228$656,88217Weinstein Company
16Piranha 3D$33827%82$42$25,002,76513Weinstein Company
17I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$17540%1-1$175$92,3786Anchor Bay