'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 Mon, Mar. 26 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$10,823,788-69%4,137--$2,616$163,359,5351Lionsgate
221 Jump Street$1,917,239-66%3,1210$614$72,139,7542Sony / Columbia
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,011,175-75%3,677-92$275$178,423,2304Universal
4John Carter$424,500-71%3,212-537$132$62,831,7123Disney
5Project X (2012)$203,124-59%2,065-857$98$51,936,6084Warner Bros.
6Act of Valor$196,386-65%2,219-546$89$66,117,4725Relativity Media
7A Thousand Words$153,002-71%1,787-108$86$15,103,3243Paramount
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$121,108-71%1,340-595$90$97,260,6097Warner Bros. / New Line
9Safe House$119,700-66%1,330-590$90$122,702,0507Universal
10This Means War$89,544-58%1,188-472$75$52,360,2626Fox
11The Vow$81,929-56%1,258-917$65$122,858,2797Sony / Screen Gems
12Silent House (2012)$58,103-59%1,202-922$48$12,020,8343Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$102,781-74%47593$216$4,132,9762Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$70,825-66%558-82$127$5,590,3483Roadside Attractions
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$59,938-69%12462$483$1,688,7403CBS Films
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$53,305-66%2540$210$1,827,5722Paramount Vantage
5The Artist$46,439-65%576-579$81$43,084,30918Weinstein Company
6Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$44,426-78%621-395$72$33,997,0155Lionsgate
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$28,721-61%248-38$116$132,046,03315Fox
8The Iron Lady$27,785-63%327-129$85$29,127,86413Weinstein Company
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$16,541-62%200-29$83$209,081,66015Paramount
12The Descendants$15,106-58%199-148$76$82,293,82319Fox Searchlight
13We Bought a Zoo$15,046-53%155-33$97$75,120,25914Fox
15The Grey$12,694-62%204-15$62$51,371,7529Open Road
16Big Miracle$12,320-63%224-12$55$19,978,5508Universal
17The Woman in Black$10,271-70%180-125$57$53,759,4808CBS Films
18Red Tails$8,341-60%131-21$64$49,608,97110Fox
19One For the Money$7,086-61%15139$47$26,307,9079Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$18,631-42%400$466$17,479,33251Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Being Flynn$7,175-69%73-15$98$410,0864Focus
3Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$6,711-61%74-82$91$43,226,8967Fox
4Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,170-46%86-39$72$186,770,42815Warner Bros.
5Albert Nobbs$4,363-55%44-4$99$2,899,4319Roadside Attractions
6Seeking Justice$3,859-54%74-157$52$394,4302Anchor Bay Films
7Undefeated$2,982-63%17-4$175$381,9926Weinstein Company
8Coriolanus$2,822-57%19-2$149$572,54410Weinstein Company
9Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$2,813-47%50-55$56$31,839,55814Warner Bros.
10W.E.$2,254-63%18-2$125$464,2728Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$1,711-60%44-6$39$14,583,38818Weinstein Company