'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, Feb. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grey$1,251,368-23%3,185--$393$23,992,6521Open Road
2Underworld Awakening$886,902-17%3,0780$288$47,878,2532Sony / Screen Gems
3One For the Money$676,755-21%2,737--$247$13,739,1811Lionsgate
4Red Tails$613,447-13%2,57361$238$35,707,0192Fox
5The Descendants$554,294-11%2,0011441$277$60,366,23911Fox Searchlight
6Man on a Ledge$514,539-25%2,998--$172$9,733,5221Lionsgate
8Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$442,428-24%2,6300$168$22,403,4266Warner Bros.
9Haywire$314,835-23%2,4412$129$16,322,7972Relativity Media
10The Iron Lady$302,379-16%1,244168$243$18,450,4605Weinstein Company
11Beauty and the Beast 3D$288,883-11%2,145-480$135$42,033,1063Disney
12Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$217,291-15%1,654-865$131$203,264,8747Paramount
13Joyful Noise$186,182-23%2,021-714$92$27,295,8393Warner Bros.
14War Horse$170,145-15%1,861-664$91$76,150,8516Disney / DreamWorks
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$170,050-8%1,202-705$141$98,704,0826Sony / Columbia
16Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$150,470-15%1,530-955$98$182,697,9437Warner Bros.
17We Bought a Zoo$64,559-17%1,089-976$59$71,915,2586Fox
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$61,049-10%1,070-1000$57$127,240,4917Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$316,398-9%897235$353$17,695,72710Weinstein Company
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$83,904-14%410-321$205$20,424,8428Focus
4The Adventures of Tintin$79,235-24%702-638$113$74,537,2966Paramount
5Albert Nobbs$72,835-8%245--$297$966,0361Roadside Attractions
6The Devil Inside$51,188-11%722-1485$71$52,848,0914Paramount
7My Week with Marilyn$38,741-13%186-39$208$12,710,54910Weinstein Company
8Happy Feet Two$18,857-12%309-22$61$63,149,59811Warner Bros.
9Puss in Boots (2011)$17,035-9%270-22$63$148,191,88314Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$14,808-5%191-179$78$280,580,14211Lionsgate / Summit
11J. Edgar$12,903-24%208162$62$37,204,39712Warner Bros.
12The Sitter$10,886-6%145-46$75$30,234,9618Fox
13Tower Heist$8,695-17%174-46$50$78,037,00013Universal
14Immortals$6,6390%117-52$57$83,416,69812Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$19,158-16%80-15$239$3,340,4509Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,155-10%450$292$15,884,61243Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$6,590-2%123$549$161,0412Weinstein Company
4Young Adult$5,329-9%87-63$61$16,209,3958Paramount
5Pariah (2011)$3,772-6%14-7$269$581,9795Focus
6The Darkest Hour$3,066-18%87-214$35$21,180,8156Summit
7New Year's Eve$2,948-42%62-203$48$54,271,0448Warner Bros. / New Line
8In Time$2,704-3%58-39$47$37,517,08714Fox
9Drive (2011)$1,6073%23-10$70$35,041,63920FilmDistrict
10In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,294-19%11-3$118$229,8576FilmDistrict