'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 Fri, Mar. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$18,652,560128%4,1370$4,509$208,585,3982Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$12,316,264--3,545--$3,474$12,316,2641Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$5,808,426--3,603--$1,612$5,808,4261Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$4,599,676139%3,14827$1,461$82,652,3003Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$2,072,64098%3,264-413$635$183,620,4405Universal
6John Carter$544,83425%2,397-815$227$64,749,1734Disney
7Act of Valor$291,28335%1,239-980$235$67,034,7776Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$240,91950%1,007-780$239$15,846,4004Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$344,691420%483359$714$2,241,6704CBS Films
2Project X (2012)$268,01340%903-1162$297$52,814,7895Warner Bros.
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$215,48276%908-432$237$97,860,6898Warner Bros. / New Line
4Safe House$215,05562%729-601$295$123,316,7858Universal
5Jeff Who Lives at Home$191,664220%513259$374$2,205,7423Paramount Vantage
6Casa de mi Padre$163,13467%439-36$372$4,584,7333Lionsgate / Pantelion
7This Means War$142,22338%575-613$247$52,801,5127Fox
8Friends With Kids$132,48254%308-250$430$5,998,3574Roadside Attractions
9The Vow$104,7883%514-744$204$123,248,0048Sony / Screen Gems
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$82,288--380-131$217$50,530,2807Sony / Columbia
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$73,43959%321-300$229$34,205,2716Lionsgate
12The Artist$72,79023%315-261$231$43,339,56319Weinstein Company
13Silent House (2012)$56,961-1%325-877$175$12,252,8384Open Road
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$56,72571%222-26$256$132,200,22116Fox
15The Iron Lady$52,17745%284-43$184$29,284,97014Weinstein Company
16The Woman in Black$46,450279%179-1$259$53,839,4269CBS Films
19We Bought a Zoo$33,12584%136-19$244$75,204,42315Fox
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$32,80896%150-50$219$209,165,28016Paramount
21Big Miracle$29,750121%170-54$175$20,047,6559Universal
22The Descendants$25,79840%118-81$219$82,374,57420Fox Searchlight
24Red Tails$22,13393%101-30$219$49,665,71111Fox
25The Grey$16,92922%2040$83$51,430,70210Open Road
26One For the Money$12,06835%102-49$118$26,345,22910Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$32,74511%400$819$17,593,03352Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$30,485--5--$6,097$30,4851Weinstein Company
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$12,58767%55-31$229$186,805,48016Warner Bros.
5Being Flynn$10,54324%40-33$264$448,3005Focus
6Undefeated$9,786127%16-1$612$402,3347Weinstein Company
7Albert Nobbs$5,48716%29-15$189$2,919,48310Roadside Attractions
8Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$5,270-31%30-44$176$43,252,6778Fox
9W.E.$5,12197%213$244$476,7649Weinstein Company
10Coriolanus$4,81058%16-3$301$586,21011Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$1,892-21%12-32$158$14,592,04519Weinstein Company
12Seeking Justice$832-79%8-66$104$407,7803Anchor Bay Films