'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 Fri, Nov. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$16,689,211116%4,0665$4,105$195,837,6462Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$12,123,246110%3,440--$3,524$24,400,9111Disney
3Happy Feet Two$5,106,761149%3,6115$1,414$35,464,7722Warner Bros.
5Arthur Christmas$4,504,946144%3,376--$1,334$8,737,1461Sony / Columbia
6Jack and Jill$3,808,770102%3,029-409$1,257$50,928,7403Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$3,520,39584%2,677-443$1,315$63,351,4713Relativity Media
8Puss in Boots (2011)$2,966,161130%3,005-410$987$130,885,2175Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$2,869,84084%2,474-468$1,160$60,894,0054Universal
10J. Edgar$1,990,212104%1,910-37$1,042$25,852,8833Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$2,703,756156%433404$6,244$6,244,9882Fox Searchlight
2A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$628,95971%875-933$719$30,594,2944Warner Bros. / New Line
3My Week with Marilyn$610,143292%244--$2,501$922,2621Weinstein Company
4In Time$337,12388%457-910$738$34,612,9505Fox
5Like Crazy$164,351153%15041$1,096$2,217,6695Paramount Vantage
6Moneyball$121,255130%187-222$648$72,990,81610Sony / Columbia
7Footloose (2011)$115,15279%384-834$300$50,660,2327Paramount
8Paranormal Activity 3$112,722122%355-1047$318$103,083,1196Paramount
9Margin Call$105,179223%139-34$757$4,179,1866Roadside Attractions
10The Ides of March$100,558122%159-139$632$39,389,1568Sony / Columbia
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$89,402151%22454$399$19,768,5006Summit
12The Smurfs$86,491--248-4$349$142,171,10018Sony / Columbia
13Courageous$81,61883%211-306$387$32,632,2539Sony / TriStar
15Dolphin Tale$71,438228%216-172$331$70,248,83910Warner Bros.
16Martha Marcy May Marlene$63,885127%113-67$565$2,463,4986Fox Searchlight
17Contagion$60,310109%218-83$277$75,355,56112Warner Bros.
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$29,709149%103-28$288$176,537,94117Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$75,456--4--$18,864$75,4561Weinstein Company
2Drive (2011)$33,698140%9347$362$34,440,60811FilmDistrict
3Born to Be Wild 3D$31,857263%490$650$14,394,48834Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Anonymous$25,581101%72-107$355$4,257,3885Sony / Columbia
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$21,614--19--$1,138$40,7851Warner Bros.
6The Rum Diary$20,30192%54-98$376$12,923,0735FilmDistrict
7The Big Year$9,892178%53-6$187$7,145,5277Fox
8Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$9,653335%48-22$201$38,499,72115Weinstein Company
9The Mighty Macs$5,371155%11-17$488$1,882,9966Quaker Media
10Sarah's Key$3,74878%27-25$139$7,679,06119Weinstein Company
11Inni$2,2283552%4-2$557$94,6495Cinema Purgatorio
12Machine Gun Preacher$1,307151%9-10$145$534,64010Relativity Media
13Laugh at My Pain$702-26%4-7$176$7,700,50912CodeBlack Entertainment
14Project Nim$170--1--$170$407,15021Roadside Attractions
15Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$73--2-6$37$489,88513Indomina Media