'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, Apr. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$1,396,955-74%3,916-221$357$338,063,3184Lionsgate
2The Cabin in the Woods$1,192,968-66%2,811--$424$15,936,5821Lionsgate
3American Reunion$832,885-68%3,20311$260$40,545,4202Universal
4The Three Stooges$802,693-82%3,477--$231$17,812,8181Fox
5Titanic 3D$800,934-76%2,69723$297$45,524,7532Paramount
6Wrath of the Titans$519,087-73%3,102-443$167$71,771,0923Warner Bros.
721 Jump Street$517,088-69%2,735-274$189$120,840,7695Sony / Columbia
8Lockout$458,458-70%2,308--$199$6,690,2941Open Road
9Mirror Mirror$402,173-78%3,206-412$125$49,718,3583Relativity Media
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$179,520-79%2,112-891$85$204,693,4357Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$67,719-68%435-89$156$6,132,6566CBS Films
2Bully (2012)$44,909-72%158152$284$859,5443Weinstein Company
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$43,259-80%502-149$86$100,506,78310Warner Bros. / New Line
4Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$41,966-73%102--$411$683,5081Code Black Entertainment
5John Carter$26,818-72%446-569$60$68,774,6876Disney
6Safe House$22,260-71%371-111$60$125,299,01510Universal
7Act of Valor$19,551-70%352-356$56$69,277,0258Relativity Media
8Jeff Who Lives at Home$18,456-65%183-264$101$3,841,4175Paramount Vantage
9Blue Like Jazz$18,402-69%136--$135$279,5921Roadside Attractions
10This Means War$14,711-70%283-38$52$53,845,5739Fox
11A Thousand Words$11,194-77%277-230$40$17,838,8926Paramount
12The Artist$10,106-61%121-101$84$44,058,73921Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$9,681-58%146-90$66$29,846,98816Weinstein Company
15Friends With Kids$9,158-69%113-94$81$6,979,3226Roadside Attractions
16Project X (2012)$8,426-60%145-299$58$54,339,6697Warner Bros.
17Casa de mi Padre$8,293-73%121-162$69$5,711,4515Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$5,186-70%125-79$41$34,803,2418Lionsgate
19Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$5,152-82%153-42$34$132,834,54118Fox
20The Woman in Black$5,006-69%122-37$41$54,217,64911CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$13,506-42%400$338$18,162,38854Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Albert Nobbs$8,19772%12-18$683$2,988,38412Roadside Attractions
3Silent House (2012)$4,418-65%59-155$75$12,670,8996Open Road
4Touchback$4,398-73%50--$88$71,3911Anchor Bay Films
5The Descendants$3,719-20%41-37$91$82,574,37222Fox Searchlight
6We Bought a Zoo$2,888-74%83-16$35$75,500,98517Fox
7Coriolanus$2,440-53%181$136$668,11613Weinstein Company
8Red Tails$2,233-65%43-12$52$49,800,42913Fox
9Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,132-72%33-12$65$43,371,61010Fox
10W.E.$1,908-60%17-4$112$548,12411Weinstein Company
11The Grey$1,637-71%13-54$126$51,573,48312Open Road
12Undefeated$1,493-59%172$88$489,2449Weinstein Company