'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 Thu, Dec. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,125,3675%4,046-20$278$251,583,2673Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$584,3733%3,4400$170$58,763,2582Disney
4Immortals$415,9171%2,627-50$158$77,407,5054Relativity Media
5Arthur Christmas$409,4628%3,3760$121$26,890,1122Sony / Columbia
6Happy Feet Two$349,0245%3,536-75$99$53,100,1013Warner Bros.
7Jack and Jill$314,8904%3,04920$103$65,442,2874Sony / Columbia
8Tower Heist$300,5259%2,404-70$125$71,763,5305Universal
9J. Edgar$244,516-2%1,98575$123$33,572,6984Warner Bros.
10Puss in Boots (2011)$182,4577%2,750-255$66$140,245,2756Paramount / DreamWorks
11Moneyball$62,7936%1,004817$63$74,026,60311Sony / Columbia
12The Ides of March$57,4274%1,016857$57$40,349,2089Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$376,102-1%574141$655$19,250,4233Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$112,062-4%2440$459$4,337,8392Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$106,1335%710-165$149$33,511,4595Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$50,3461%421-36$120$36,058,8726Fox
5Like Crazy$30,73817%1522$202$2,981,3136Paramount Vantage
6Courageous$25,328-8%26554$96$33,139,87910Sony / TriStar
7The Way$21,894-2%16059$137$3,713,5719Producers Distribution Agency
8Margin Call$20,9507%15111$139$4,768,9507Roadside Attractions
9Dolphin Tale$20,3694%410194$50$70,798,91511Warner Bros.
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$11,61416%208-16$56$20,141,2837Summit
12Paranormal Activity 3$11,3017%255-100$44$103,486,3527Paramount
13Footloose (2011)$10,422-3%309-75$34$51,072,4288Paramount
14Anonymous$10,12512%10533$96$4,431,4406Sony / Columbia
15Contagion$9,06547%155-63$58$75,593,98413Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$32,531-1%10--$3,253$498,0861Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$25,60011%62$4,267$593,3802Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$15,37758%490$314$14,613,74535Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Martha Marcy May Marlene$10,3824%84-29$124$2,770,0277Fox Searchlight
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$8,58434%245$358$181,8602Warner Bros.
6Drive (2011)$7,9449%86-7$92$34,629,04512FilmDistrict
7The Rum Diary$5,517-1%639$88$13,040,9916FilmDistrict
8Pastorela$4,890-19%55--$89$105,7001Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,4134%84-19$53$176,662,41618Fox
10Answers to Nothing$1,18812%21--$57$20,4381Roadside Attractions
11Inni$865115%2-3$433$112,2676Cinema Purgatorio
12Circumstance$593--1--$593$449,75915Roadside Attractions
13Sarah's Key$48232%7-20$69$7,693,18720Weinstein Company
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$451-18%31-17$15$38,530,48816Weinstein Company
15Laugh at My Pain$18589%51$37$7,705,03913CodeBlack Entertainment