'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 Sun, Mar. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$7,503,927-37%3,525--$2,129$27,202,2261Warner Bros. / New Line
2Identity Thief$2,325,595-50%3,2308$720$107,433,2504Universal
3Snitch (2013)$2,077,127-42%2,5110$827$24,478,7302Lionsgate / Summit
4Escape From Planet Earth$2,041,544-38%3,110-243$656$43,106,8773Weinstein Company
521 And Over$2,018,102-40%2,771--$728$8,754,1681Relativity Media
6Silver Linings Playbook$1,406,412-49%1,836-176$766$115,302,64916Weinstein Company
7Safe Haven$1,397,985-51%2,951-272$474$57,072,0133Relativity Media
8The Last Exorcism Part II$1,289,228-60%2,700--$477$7,728,3541CBS Films
9A Good Day to Die Hard$1,257,377-41%2,589-966$486$59,696,5273Fox
10Dark Skies$773,180-52%2,3130$334$13,365,2402Weinstein / Dimension
11Warm Bodies$615,986-49%1,930-714$319$61,937,9305Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$462,010-44%1,112-958$415$28,072,4534Open Road
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$259,139-40%1,075-1875$241$18,557,7443Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$690,724-39%62654$1,103$117,018,62515Fox
2Argo$536,126-48%985183$544$132,659,72721Warner Bros.
3Quartet$518,441-35%725369$715$11,181,3168Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$330,396-48%722-475$458$93,574,80111Sony / Columbia
5Lincoln$261,136-46%652-223$401$180,071,29317Disney / DreamWorks
6Django Unchained$231,490-51%983324$235$160,268,93710Weinstein Company
7Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$165,558-33%601-824$275$54,092,2436Paramount
8Les Miserables (2012)$161,955-38%352-110$460$147,631,64510Universal
9Rise of The Guardians$91,368-34%295-10$310$102,386,10715Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$77,880-38%210-178$371$301,402,74612Warner Bros. / New Line
12Bless Me, Ultima$66,131-9%183-80$361$1,261,2932Arenas Entertainment
13Kai Po Che$64,549-47%104-6$621$876,5682UTV Motion Pictures
14Parental Guidance$56,388-43%258-123$219$76,060,89210Fox
15Jack Reacher$47,364-45%225125$211$79,682,72611Paramount
16The Impossible$41,811-44%151-122$277$18,322,58811Lionsgate / Summit
17A Haunted House$29,930-35%169-133$177$40,041,6838Open Road
18The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$28,917-43%180-43$161$292,298,92316Lionsgate / Summit
19Gangster Squad$26,922-32%138-64$195$45,753,3918Warner Bros.
20The Guilt Trip$22,766-40%133-53$171$37,101,01111Paramount
21Skyfall$16,227-55%101-83$161$304,295,23817Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$46,725-29%7--$6,675$160,5471Fox Searchlight
2The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$31,082-54%68--$457$143,5321Methinx Entertainment
3To the Arctic 3D$23,0670%520$444$11,476,23346Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hyde Park on Hudson$15,397-30%38-27$405$6,215,99413Focus
5Bullet to the Head$12,527-30%86-19$146$9,454,4045Warner Bros.
6Broken City$8,993-42%69-29$130$19,640,6917Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$8,227-27%300$274$22,086,541100Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Sweeney$7,38310%11--$671$20,3211eOne Films US
10Stand Up Guys$5,606-23%17-24$330$3,301,0465Lionsgate / Roadside
11Camp (2013)$1,810-1%21$905$15,4122Freestyle Releasing
12A Late Quartet$945-60%6-1$158$1,551,84618Entertainment One / RKO
13Movie 43$910-56%17-4$54$8,808,9836Relativity Media
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$3610%2-7$181$221,9084UTV Motion Pictures
15Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$132-33%1--$132$96,05222Roadside Attractions