'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 Wed, Jul. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$12,267,217-20%4,375--$2,804$214,887,8911Warner Bros.
2Horrible Bosses$2,501,125-14%3,13494$798$68,173,1352Warner Bros. / New Line
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$2,463,508-19%3,917-190$629$311,239,3793Paramount / DreamWorks
4Zookeeper$1,915,246-15%3,4820$550$48,402,0912Sony / Columbia
5Cars 2$1,269,528-10%3,249-741$391$169,300,1964Disney
6Winnie the Pooh$1,070,549-12%2,405--$445$11,272,6951Disney
7Bad Teacher$784,162-15%2,659-303$295$90,953,3134Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$399,995-10%2,287-689$175$32,908,5703Universal
9Super 8$285,853-10%1,459-833$196$123,170,3506Paramount
10Monte Carlo$280,718-14%1,169-1304$240$20,986,3823Fox
11Mr. Popper's Penguins$270,182-3%1,002-964$270$62,265,5355Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Green Lantern$179,481-11%973-1042$184$113,349,1765Warner Bros.
3X-Men: First Class$98,222-10%470-377$209$143,760,5597Fox
4Kung Fu Panda 2$93,481-14%354-296$264$160,358,5968Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Tree of Life$93,328-10%235-2$397$10,375,2968Fox Searchlight
6Rio (2011)$92,747-3%241-31$385$142,178,79914Fox
7Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$84,171-10%373-249$226$237,614,5809Disney
9The Hangover Part II$65,813-13%455-380$145$252,090,9558Warner Bros.
11Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$37,679-14%21443$176$14,482,8846Relativity Media
12A Better Life$37,405-15%21663$173$1,158,1184Summit
13Fast Five$32,860-9%212-29$155$209,242,27512Universal
14Water for Elephants$17,8283%120-48$149$58,510,36613Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$76,85515%480$1,601$9,382,06515Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$30,7547%27-1$1,139$26,865,82470Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$19,634-5%24--$818$192,1261Fox Searchlight
4Something Borrowed$10,131-10%74-39$137$38,986,42811Warner Bros.
5Delhi Belly$8,511-23%67-23$127$1,455,7473UTV Communications
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$8,265-5%87-25$95$53,336,66313Lionsgate
7Project Nim$7,97812%2218$363$110,0112Roadside Attractions
9The Lincoln Lawyer$7,3125%72-34$102$58,001,15718Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$2,68516%19-23$141$10,141,53812Weinstein Company
11Submarine$1,6429%14-5$117$403,3297Weinstein Company
12Everything Must Go$8144%12-5$68$2,679,83610Roadside Attractions
1335 and Ticking$722167%51$144$91,4739Image Entertainment
14The Conspirator$65845%10-5$66$11,522,83014Roadside Attractions
15Chillar Party$54315%4-3$14$6,2372UTV Communications