'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 Tue, Mar. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,916,05014%3,74617$1,045$129,067,5602Universal
2John Carter$2,800,94811%3,749--$747$35,515,2561Disney
3Project X (2012)$1,312,06010%3,0550$429$42,217,3502Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$734,3569%2,951-102$249$57,497,8593Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$652,52324%1,890--$345$7,354,1671Paramount
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$606,00644%2,525-535$240$91,669,0815Warner Bros. / New Line
7Safe House$546,72021%2,144-409$255$116,603,3455Universal
8Silent House (2012)$539,46111%2,124--$254$7,688,7081Open Road
9The Vow$473,90333%2,478-348$191$118,287,7275Sony / Screen Gems
10This Means War$423,71022%1,949-393$217$47,665,6474Fox
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$252,0607%1,516-616$166$30,935,1873Lionsgate
12The Artist$241,66428%1,505-251$161$40,664,96916Weinstein Company
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$221,71015%1,804-683$123$48,480,3954Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$206,20428%369--$559$2,386,8181Roadside Attractions
3The Iron Lady$76,41737%447-64$171$28,063,81411Weinstein Company
4The Descendants$75,73935%517-177$146$81,586,54717Fox Searchlight
6The Woman in Black$52,9016%433-379$122$53,133,9486CBS Films
7The Secret World of Arrietty$52,59514%501-930$105$17,671,6824Disney
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$49,51524%287-27$173$131,276,95913Fox
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$41,81919%229122$183$208,471,62713Paramount
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$30,8317%258-473$120$42,905,3405Fox
11The Adventures of Tintin$29,18642%153-62$191$77,434,42412Paramount
12We Bought a Zoo$27,10120%228-38$119$74,719,57912Fox
13Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$21,45134%109-17$197$23,959,64714Focus
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$18,34621%208-58$88$186,556,87413Warner Bros.
15Big Miracle$17,90525%238-121$75$19,626,9506Universal
16The Grey$15,96422%151-157$106$50,989,0907Open Road
17My Week with Marilyn$14,68264%1200$122$14,509,96316Weinstein Company
18Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$12,96724%202-101$64$31,734,49312Warner Bros.
19Red Tails$11,79013%178-71$66$49,365,4188Fox
21Joyful Noise$6,06721%103-99$59$30,878,7869Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$31,65040%400$791$17,062,08149Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$22,84821%18--$1,269$267,6321CBS Films
3Haywire$6,06211%8250$74$18,909,7098Relativity Media
4Undefeated$6,0208%130$463$265,9894Weinstein Company
5Coriolanus$5,6095%195$295$485,7228Weinstein Company
6Albert Nobbs$5,189-17%45-23$115$2,802,8647Roadside Attractions
7Being Flynn$4,4208%128$368$111,4932Focus
8W.E.$4,1446%245$173$392,9786Weinstein Company
9One For the Money$3,45717%64-53$54$26,126,1927Lionsgate
10Shame$3,28730%20-2$164$3,901,91115Fox Searchlight
11Pariah (2011)$2,267-24%196$119$763,36511Focus
12Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$1,27347%10-16$127$173,9153UTV Communications
13Paan Singh Tomar$481114%5-5$96$34,6192UTV Communications
14Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$456204%4-21$114$1,153,9665UTV Communications
15The Devil Inside$19923%10-7$20$53,206,12010Paramount