'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 Mon, Nov. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$9,853,481-63%4,061--$2,426$147,975,7421Lionsgate / Summit
2Happy Feet Two$1,758,247-71%3,606--$488$22,995,3151Warner Bros.
3Immortals$1,325,195-62%3,1208$425$54,405,0842Relativity Media
4Puss in Boots (2011)$1,100,276-67%3,415-488$322$123,492,1494Paramount / DreamWorks
5Jack and Jill$1,027,227-66%3,4380$299$41,793,7062Sony / Columbia
6Tower Heist$676,880-60%2,942-428$230$54,215,7003Universal
7J. Edgar$577,282-62%1,94737$296$21,300,0962Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$361,256-53%1,808-1067$200$28,696,5363Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$200,971-55%1,367-1224$147$33,655,5044Fox
10Paranormal Activity 3$106,055-52%1,402-1374$76$102,725,2505Paramount
11Footloose (2011)$103,492-50%1,218-997$85$50,270,3616Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$67,526-58%702-1056$96$82,625,4437Disney / DreamWorks
2Like Crazy$56,926-61%10939$522$1,824,2844Paramount Vantage
3Courageous$54,077-60%517-388$105$32,392,5488Sony / TriStar
4Moneyball$51,470-57%409-404$126$72,692,7619Sony / Columbia
5The Ides of March$42,484-62%298-398$143$39,142,6277Sony / Columbia
6Dolphin Tale$41,646-50%388-317$107$70,058,7749Warner Bros.
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$37,004-65%180-3$206$2,295,4335Fox Searchlight
8Margin Call$33,540-69%170--$197$3,949,3245Roadside Attractions
9The Way$30,550--137-34$223$3,069,4367Producers Distribution Agency
11Contagion$24,372-54%301-54$81$75,203,27811Warner Bros.
12Anonymous$24,092-55%179-303$135$4,177,0464Sony / Columbia
13The Rum Diary$20,001-56%152-795$132$12,859,2684FilmDistrict
15The Three Musketeers (2011)$15,650-58%170-499$92$19,564,2005Summit
16Rise of the Planet of the Apes$11,006-56%131-33$84$176,465,89116Fox
17Johnny English Reborn$8,645-64%108-102$80$8,277,7505Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$113,525-70%29--$3,915$1,382,8211Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$26,0552%490$532$14,305,65633Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$6,858-60%46-29$149$34,369,98010FilmDistrict
4Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$6,098-54%70-2$87$38,472,37314Weinstein Company
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$5,576-48%91-39$61$84,329,54617Warner Bros.
6Sarah's Key$4,589-49%52-110$88$7,666,41818Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$3,293-56%78-7$42$381,003,47819Warner Bros.
8The Big Year$2,859-64%59-24$48$7,124,1046Fox
9The Mighty Macs$2,116-64%28-33$76$1,867,0685Quaker Media
10Shark Night 3D$1,297-52%27-2$48$18,873,81912Relativity Media
11What's Your Number?$1,218-60%25-38$49$14,009,4118Fox
12I Don't Know How She Does It$1,213-44%38-45$32$9,660,28710Weinstein Company
13Laugh at My Pain$562-70%11-2$51$7,697,19411CodeBlack Entertainment
14Apollo 18$32723%5-13$65$17,687,25612Weinstein Company
15Our Idiot Brother$312-53%6-6$52$24,815,14213Weinstein Company
16Machine Gun Preacher$278-79%197$15$531,8739Relativity Media
17Inni$167-69%3-1$56$88,6934Cinema Purgatorio
18Circumstance$90-68%2-3$45$441,49413Roadside Attractions
19The Future$11--1-2$11$568,22217Roadside Attractions