'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 Tue, Jan. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$2,200,242-66%3,584--$614$42,212,7851Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$1,205,555-55%2,940--$410$21,726,5851Universal
3The King's Speech$935,192-55%1,543785$606$47,730,2178Weinstein Company
4Black Swan$863,100-52%2,328744$371$75,883,2207Fox Searchlight
5True Grit (2010)$838,242-61%3,459335$242$129,177,5964Paramount
6The Fighter$544,080-58%2,414-114$225$67,570,8416Paramount
7Little Fockers$441,220-67%3,394-281$130$136,062,7404Universal
8TRON: Legacy$407,072-74%2,439-574$167$158,904,6225Disney
9Season of the Witch$368,901-54%2,82711$130$19,282,6832Relativity Media
10Country Strong$283,657-59%1,4240$199$14,270,0404Sony / Screen Gems
11Yogi Bear$271,484-87%2,702-586$100$84,468,9005Warner Bros.
13The Tourist$163,393-46%1,420-1022$115$64,726,0486Sony / Columbia
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$153,718-81%1,704-1110$90$99,017,6406Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$120,006-87%1,666-1298$72$38,710,7294Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$152,062-52%230190$661$3,312,1953Weinstein Company
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$104,116-70%941-566$111$290,257,4619Warner Bros.
3The Social Network$49,483-61%322-281$154$94,878,00116Sony / Columbia
4Megamind$44,029-82%341-34$129$145,704,76911Paramount / DreamWorks
5Due Date$30,402-49%34197$89$100,154,28911Warner Bros.
6How Do You Know$29,931-57%615-1287$49$30,040,2635Sony / Columbia
7Rabbit Hole$27,747-48%10066$277$1,039,7145Lionsgate
8The Heart Specialist$24,502-77%422--$58$606,0181Freestyle
9Unstoppable (2010)$21,934-58%303-95$72$80,466,22310Fox
10Love and Other Drugs$20,804-28%166-46$125$32,019,9588Fox
11Red (2010)$13,176-60%206-55$64$90,111,53114Summit
12Morning Glory (2010)$6,534-42%127-51$51$31,000,07810Paramount
13Life As We Know It$6,278-63%132-56$48$53,296,60515Warner Bros.
14Despicable Me$4,110-83%137-41$30$251,505,75528Universal
15For Colored Girls$2,746-61%11190$25$37,724,69511Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$26,230-48%5336$495$1,059,5204Focus
2Hubble 3D$22,309-51%48--$465$20,675,80444Warner Bros. / IMAX
3127 Hours$18,853-43%76-12$248$11,142,97211Fox Searchlight
4I Love You Phillip Morris$12,864-52%95-5$135$1,700,2847Roadside Attractions
5No One Killed Jessica$5,399-58%45-3$120$390,5392UTV Communications
6Fair Game (2010)$4,750-28%79-24$60$9,332,18611Summit
7Faster (2010)$4,198-43%77-2$55$23,012,7978CBS Films
8The Warrior's Way$2,554-47%7745$33$5,644,0077Relativity Media
9Jackass 3D$2,197-3%22-48$100$117,226,46814Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$1,120-48%40-50$28$84,751,00413Paramount
11Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$737-86%41-54$18$55,674,07017Warner Bros.
12Summer Wars$625-44%9-5$69$55,3804GKIDS
13Winter's Bone$544-73%60$91$6,265,78132Roadside Attractions
14Tees Maar Khan$41-29%4-34$10$1,076,3654UTV Communications