'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 Sun, Jan. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$4,141,076-50%3,018--$1,372$19,652,9211Paramount
2The Green Hornet$3,985,247-54%3,5840$1,112$63,018,8082Sony / Columbia
3The King's Speech$1,788,534-54%1,680137$1,065$57,313,8819Weinstein Company
4The Dilemma$1,633,365-63%2,9433$555$32,746,2252Universal
5True Grit (2010)$1,357,313-65%3,4645$392$137,963,5195Paramount
6Black Swan$1,344,704-51%2,40779$559$83,250,3758Fox Searchlight
7Yogi Bear$1,095,230-45%2,510-192$436$88,649,5986Warner Bros.
8TRON: Legacy$886,879-52%2,018-421$439$163,206,6116Disney
10Little Fockers$849,555-62%2,979-415$285$141,111,7055Universal
11The Fighter$755,600-65%2,275-139$332$72,680,7407Paramount
12Season of the Witch$554,718-50%2,307-520$240$22,189,3313Relativity Media
13Country Strong$448,360-55%1,44117$311$16,845,0525Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$361,772-47%1,135-569$319$100,620,3667Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$306,713-48%1,100-566$279$40,021,6135Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way Back$254,625-56%678--$376$1,218,8671Newmarket Films
2Blue Valentine (2010)$220,598-45%24212$912$4,460,0224Weinstein Company
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$218,422-51%725-216$301$291,340,76810Warner Bros.
4The Tourist$171,306-61%875-545$196$65,894,0317Sony / Columbia
5Megamind$150,477-48%320-21$470$146,340,72312Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Company Men$138,433-59%106--$1,306$690,9341Weinstein Company
7The Social Network$87,382-62%38563$227$95,408,47317Sony / Columbia
8Burlesque$58,344-40%2961$197$39,031,8199Sony / Screen Gems
9Due Date$53,091-52%275-66$193$100,448,49812Warner Bros.
10Unstoppable (2010)$47,331-58%278-25$170$80,731,35211Fox
11Rabbit Hole$46,545-44%1011$461$1,268,0416Lionsgate
12The Heart Specialist$40,912-70%293-129$140$922,6372Freestyle
13Love and Other Drugs$24,081-47%146-20$165$32,156,8209Fox
14How Do You Know$21,501-59%261-354$82$30,212,6206Sony / Columbia
15Red (2010)$21,030-59%153-53$137$90,238,92215Summit
16Faster (2010)$17,543-38%10629$166$23,081,7269CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$75,632-54%78--$970$365,2971UTV Communications
2Somewhere (2010)$53,095-46%8330$640$1,306,8965Focus
3Hubble 3D$31,252-43%491$638$20,839,15445Warner Bros. / IMAX
4127 Hours$28,440-50%69-7$412$11,296,80512Fox Searchlight
5I Love You Phillip Morris$18,823-49%75-20$251$1,800,2468Roadside Attractions
6Life As We Know It$10,894-54%86-46$127$53,358,96416Warner Bros.
7Fair Game (2010)$7,567-53%72-7$105$9,376,70612Summit
8No One Killed Jessica$7,188-49%28-17$257$428,6913UTV Communications
9Biutiful$3,293-35%4--$823$92,0924Roadside Attractions
10The Warrior's Way$1,950-48%29-48$67$5,656,7878Relativity Media
11Summer Wars$1,875-37%6-3$313$63,2935GKIDS
12Winter's Bone$824-61%6-1$137$6,271,08633Roadside Attractions