'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, Apr. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$1,565,93512%3,916-221$400$339,629,2534Lionsgate
2The Cabin in the Woods$1,306,94710%2,811--$465$17,243,5291Lionsgate
3American Reunion$1,008,94521%3,20311$315$41,554,3652Universal
4The Three Stooges$942,86717%3,477--$271$18,755,6851Fox
5Titanic 3D$893,18712%2,69723$331$46,417,9402Paramount
621 Jump Street$612,50218%2,735-274$224$121,453,2715Sony / Columbia
7Wrath of the Titans$581,26712%3,102-443$187$72,352,3593Warner Bros.
8Lockout$512,31412%2,308--$222$7,202,6081Open Road
9Mirror Mirror$502,71325%3,206-412$157$50,221,0713Relativity Media
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$190,0806%2,112-891$90$204,883,5157Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$82,87322%435-89$191$6,215,5296CBS Films
2Bully (2012)$55,75024%158152$353$915,2943Weinstein Company
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$49,43514%502-149$98$100,556,21810Warner Bros. / New Line
4Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$34,689-17%102--$340$718,1971Code Black Entertainment
5John Carter$33,06823%446-569$74$68,807,7556Disney
6Safe House$29,68033%371-111$80$125,328,69510Universal
7Jeff Who Lives at Home$21,63017%183-264$118$3,863,0475Paramount Vantage
8Act of Valor$20,5515%352-356$58$69,297,5768Relativity Media
9This Means War$19,89735%283-38$70$53,865,4709Fox
10Blue Like Jazz$16,719-9%136--$123$296,3111Roadside Attractions
11Friends With Kids$15,25967%113-94$135$6,994,5816Roadside Attractions
12The Iron Lady$14,21347%146-90$97$29,861,20116Weinstein Company
13The Artist$13,88237%121-101$115$44,072,62121Weinstein Company
14A Thousand Words$12,70113%277-230$46$17,851,5936Paramount
15Project X (2012)$11,53837%145-299$80$54,351,2077Warner Bros.
17Casa de mi Padre$7,729-7%121-162$64$5,719,1805Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,39324%153-42$42$132,840,93418Fox
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$5,4936%125-79$44$34,808,7348Lionsgate
20The Woman in Black$5,1142%122-37$42$54,222,76311CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$26,01493%400$650$18,188,40254Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Silent House (2012)$4,90711%59-155$83$12,675,8066Open Road
3Touchback$4,3870%50--$88$75,7831Anchor Bay Films
4We Bought a Zoo$4,14844%83-16$50$75,505,13317Fox
5The Descendants$3,304-11%41-37$81$82,577,67622Fox Searchlight
6The Grey$2,58458%13-54$199$51,576,06712Open Road
7Coriolanus$2,327-5%181$129$670,44313Weinstein Company
8Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,2998%33-12$70$43,373,90910Fox
9W.E.$2,15113%17-4$127$550,27511Weinstein Company
10Red Tails$2,096-6%43-12$49$49,802,52513Fox
11Albert Nobbs$1,752-79%12-18$146$2,990,13612Roadside Attractions
12Undefeated$1,324-11%172$78$490,5689Weinstein Company