'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, Jan. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$2,451,383-7%3,4557$710$149,700,9123Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,878,372-7%3,7030$507$143,360,0613Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,704,788-5%2,9140$585$65,535,9142Sony / Columbia
4War Horse$1,263,552-3%2,547171$496$48,225,2122Disney / DreamWorks
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,076,145-13%3,72441$289$102,088,4543Fox
6The Adventures of Tintin$1,025,947-11%3,0870$332$55,280,2752Paramount
7We Bought a Zoo$985,940-10%3,16346$312$48,094,1092Fox
8New Year's Eve$422,417-11%2,2250$190$48,760,7974Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$356,553-12%2,3273$153$15,566,2892Summit
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$268,4047%1,4110$190$276,943,6387Lionsgate / Summit
11The Sitter$201,790-19%1,348-138$150$27,568,1354Fox
12The Muppets$174,202-9%1,5415$113$84,202,9066Disney
13Arthur Christmas$67,879-17%1,343-181$51$46,337,8476Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$349,0813%7585$461$41,376,5637Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$238,500-7%9870$242$13,466,5044Paramount
4The Artist$173,774-1%1670$1,041$5,977,5016Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$142,1783%63028$226$9,631,0136Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$76,846-8%3890$198$146,009,82510Paramount / DreamWorks
7Happy Feet Two$49,094-4%5250$94$61,129,6097Warner Bros.
8J. Edgar$32,497-2%4550$71$36,751,8328Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$27,830-8%253-30$110$76,894,5709Universal
10Immortals$19,8070%2280$87$82,762,5398Relativity Media
11In Time$14,586-3%12311$119$37,122,96110Fox
12Dolphin Tale$14,284-9%1880$76$72,070,47315Warner Bros.
13A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$14,256-12%2450$58$34,977,7769Warner Bros. / New Line
14Footloose (2011)$11,777-2%1820$65$51,706,50412Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 3$6,570-10%1240$53$104,028,80711Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$130,3727%572$2,287$4,651,1494Focus
2Shame$36,5312%555$664$2,156,6105Fox Searchlight
3The Iron Lady$19,6105%4--$4,903$344,2951Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$17,017-5%490$347$15,239,83339Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$15,731-1%60$2,622$399,5442Warner Bros.
6The Way$8,52819%4720$181$4,211,13213Producers Distribution Agency
7Pariah (2011)$7,97111%40$1,993$123,4391Focus
8Margin Call$6,55533%29-1$226$5,269,49811Roadside Attractions
9Drive (2011)$5,80018%25-1$232$34,855,37716FilmDistrict
10Like Crazy$3,48525%300$116$3,380,77210Paramount Vantage
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,562-10%2-1$781$58,3922FilmDistrict