'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, Jan. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$11,443,88048%3,55418$3,220$96,001,3052Universal
2True Grit (2010)$9,870,70121%3,08336$3,202$80,290,8242Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$8,141,13563%3,365-86$2,419$125,681,2063Disney
4Yogi Bear$4,739,55917%3,5150$1,348$62,158,1093Warner Bros.
5The Fighter$4,423,22166%2,53423$1,746$43,465,0154Paramount
6The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$4,062,80520%2,948-402$1,378$84,128,9024Fox
7Black Swan$3,884,035100%1,55387$2,501$44,750,3785Fox Searchlight
8Gulliver's Travels (2010)$3,773,45127%3,089543$1,222$24,895,1682Fox
10The Tourist$2,835,61545%2,7560$1,029$52,802,5804Sony / Columbia
11How Do You Know$1,982,23551%2,4830$798$23,791,1263Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,871,36239%1,7320$1,080$282,101,4897Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$2,972,81318%7000$4,247$20,646,8476Weinstein Company
2Megamind$242,53017%7640$317$144,010,3229Paramount / DreamWorks
3Unstoppable (2010)$238,28848%45057$530$79,343,0458Fox
4The Social Network$211,12578%2490$848$93,087,40714Sony / Columbia
5Burlesque$184,81363%3300$560$37,587,8606Sony / Screen Gems
6Due Date$178,13040%4040$441$99,113,1699Warner Bros.
7127 Hours$130,716146%103-12$1,269$10,333,9449Fox Searchlight
8Red (2010)$128,76859%303-27$425$89,425,06512Summit
9Love and Other Drugs$98,110157%17531$561$31,197,5916Fox
10Life As We Know It$96,164112%2480$388$52,823,50713Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$72,89045%1974$370$251,155,93026Universal
12Tees Maar Khan$53,17187%104-4$511$1,003,7822UTV Communications
13Fair Game (2010)$42,33762%109-52$388$9,090,7269Summit
14Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$37,47055%1580$237$55,523,88315Warner Bros.
15Faster (2010)$34,796233%119-4$292$22,834,6626CBS Films
16Jackass 3D$32,878251%1370$240$117,085,76112Paramount
17Paranormal Activity 2$29,096229%1450$201$84,641,43811Paramount
18Morning Glory (2010)$18,71930%1260$149$30,746,5338Paramount
19Hereafter$17,10989%1280$134$32,701,56412Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Love You Phillip Morris$90,848126%68-1$1,336$1,060,7595Roadside Attractions
2Blue Valentine (2010)$80,64190%4--$20,160$220,9451Weinstein Company
3Somewhere (2010)$63,526126%81$7,941$386,0602Focus
4Rabbit Hole$59,98198%340$1,764$383,4133Lionsgate
5Hubble 3D$38,406-36%470$817$20,107,77442Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Biutiful$19,985165%2--$9,993$46,9141Roadside Attractions
7Country Strong$16,99249%20$8,496$106,6282Sony / Screen Gems
8The Next Three Days$16,26759%81-30$201$21,118,5067Lionsgate
9Under the Sea 3D$13,39812%120$1,117$25,260,75099Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Town$11,360102%620$183$92,166,39716Warner Bros.
11Inception$7,02450%280$251$292,565,21225Warner Bros.
12The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$6,458-34%15--$431$667,3319Warner Bros.
13The Warrior's Way$6,35080%384$167$5,565,7455Relativity Media
14The Tempest$4,55166%6-8$759$228,2044Disney
15For Colored Girls$4,38635%28-11$157$37,673,5909Lionsgate
16Summer Wars$3,22269%21$1,611$12,6022GKIDS
17Winter's Bone$1,015242%2-3$508$6,244,76030Roadside Attractions