'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, Jun. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow White and the Huntsman$20,468,525--3,773--$5,425$20,468,5251Universal
2Men in Black 3$8,077,13196%4,2480$1,901$91,080,6842Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$5,641,642103%3,670-248$1,537$538,105,6225Disney
4What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,446,44585%2,907-114$498$27,739,8043Lionsgate
6The Dictator$1,403,67970%2,649-365$530$47,514,0393Paramount
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,266,13867%1,29461$978$22,162,7435Fox Searchlight
8Dark Shadows$1,069,16561%3,002-402$356$68,043,0064Warner Bros.
9Chernobyl Diaries$1,036,21278%2,4330$426$12,407,3262Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$454,88270%1,099-322$414$397,228,63011Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$589,408--757--$779$589,4081ARC Entertainment
2Crooked Arrows$255,5611749%327260$782$778,4733Branded/Peck Films
3Think Like a Man$187,36859%509-277$368$89,229,1377Sony / Screen Gems
4The Pirates! Band of Misfits$150,84936%585-299$258$28,080,6316Sony / Columbia
5Mirror Mirror$119,01574%357-65$333$62,662,15410Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$118,901--330-34$360$136,924,23312Sony / Columbia
7Rowdy Rathore$106,168--120--$885$106,1681UTV Communications
8Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$102,37581%315-75$325$211,248,03514Universal
9The Lucky One (2012)$100,25922%404-211$248$58,746,1777Warner Bros.
10The Three Stooges$78,376147%285-40$275$42,555,8078Fox
11The Five-Year Engagement$52,32074%218-56$240$28,157,0756Universal
12Wrath of the Titans$43,48261%205-50$212$83,109,23410Warner Bros.
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$37,82081%155-20$244$103,256,70917Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Cabin in the Woods$34,35548%136-67$253$41,086,7708Lionsgate
15Safe (2012)$29,023314%17563$166$16,865,7356Lionsgate
16High School$28,137--200--$141$28,1371Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$249,115343%1612$15,570$1,109,3272Focus
2The Intouchables$78,441654%5046$1,569$245,0532Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$76,05226%500$1,521$2,646,0827Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Piranha 3DD$63,578--86--$739$63,5781Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$26,8378%33-1$813$19,192,05261Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$13,34135%60-27$222$8,989,56413CBS Films
7Titanic 3D$10,24999%5210$197$57,835,6009Paramount
8The Artist$8,997332%8767$103$44,594,28928Weinstein Company
9Sound of My Voice$8,39183%486$175$341,7416Fox Searchlight
10Bully (2012)$8,044-63%88-16$91$3,375,02010Weinstein Company
11Girl in Progress$7,861-26%50-93$157$2,487,3134Lionsgate / Pantelion
12The Raven$5,804-21%61-50$95$15,777,7436Relativity Media
13Act of Valor$1,608127%19-20$85$70,007,68815Relativity Media
14Friends With Kids$849--8-1$106$7,243,71913Roadside Attractions
15Red Tails$781274%5-2$156$49,874,29720Fox
16Undefeated$6982%60$116$559,20416Weinstein Company
17Blue Like Jazz$46207%1-2$46$594,7828Roadside Attractions