'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 Thu, Aug. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bourne Legacy$3,052,175-4%3,745--$815$52,561,0801Universal
2The Campaign$2,463,390-8%3,205--$769$38,308,5371Warner Bros.
3The Dark Knight Rises$2,032,209-5%3,690-552$551$398,775,9114Warner Bros.
4The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,974,379-14%2,551--$774$4,278,0150Disney
5Hope Springs (2012)$1,557,106-4%2,3610$660$25,951,7921Sony / Columbia
6Total Recall (2012)$907,217-5%3,6010$252$48,282,4432Sony / Columbia
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$900,859-13%3,40110$265$34,912,3212Fox
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$730,349-10%2,847-695$257$147,186,4165Fox
9Ted (2012)$378,885-2%1,943-642$195$211,521,3057Universal
10Step Up Revolution$282,999-15%1,898-708$149$31,736,4183Lionsgate / Summit
11The Amazing Spider-Man$254,278-3%1,395-821$182$256,676,5186Sony / Columbia
12The Watch$233,648-8%2,008-1160$116$32,560,1863Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ek Tha Tiger$136,056-35%118--$1,153$345,0640Yash Raj Films
2Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$120,653-15%8000$151$2,765,1711ARC Entertainment
3Moonrise Kingdom$99,9604%447-240$224$42,462,80812Focus
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$96,476-2%282-36$342$7,547,6767Fox Searchlight
5Magic Mike$68,1151%450-752$151$112,520,7937Warner Bros.
6Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$59,277-13%306-198$194$211,976,67710Paramount / DreamWorks
7Ruby Sparks$58,630-2%252188$233$1,495,3713Fox Searchlight
8The Intouchables$54,836-3%1940$283$9,518,41912Weinstein Company
9The Hunger Games$46,4554%260-31$179$407,483,25721Lionsgate
10Snow White and the Huntsman$38,3250%270-39$142$154,452,04511Universal
12The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$26,833-6%167-63$161$45,483,97315Fox Searchlight
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$23,152-5%364-373$64$64,845,7707Lionsgate
14Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$22,148-5%202-75$110$25,178,3206Paramount
16Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$13,1494%130-35$101$37,233,8198Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$46,204-12%520$889$7,497,78517Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$14,896-16%330$451$20,553,77971Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Safety Not Guaranteed$11,4197%73-48$156$3,642,60710FilmDistrict
4Dark Shadows$4,23715%45-87$94$79,727,14914Warner Bros.
5Easy Money (2012)$2,67227%71$382$152,5915Weinstein Company
6Rock of Ages$2,62029%57-88$46$38,518,6139Warner Bros. / New Line
7For Greater Glory$1,962221%10-24$196$5,672,84611ARC Entertainment
8A Cat In Paris$618-14%12-2$52$291,17811GKIDS
9Mirror Mirror$43322%456$10$64,935,16720Relativity Media