'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 Sat, May. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$31,696,570-18%3,658--$8,665$70,434,0751Universal
2The Hangover Part III$14,627,6601%3,555--$4,115$40,915,0071Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$14,422,06644%3,90739$3,691$133,235,0292Paramount
5Iron Man 3$7,533,15446%3,424-813$2,200$360,762,0944Disney
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$5,099,55130%3,090-460$1,650$109,761,1283Warner Bros.
7The Croods$507,54888%1,008-1365$504$178,801,14310Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$247,24233%1,003-1426$247$48,347,6945Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$784,74363%712-248$1,102$13,872,9005Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$508,11469%915-1465$555$90,613,2437Warner Bros.
3Oblivion (2013)$320,60530%572-1505$560$87,031,9956Universal
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$255,16655%401-134$636$231,982,42312Disney
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$169,81645%346-63$491$120,934,7939Paramount
6Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$128,19156%485-1556$264$8,686,6653Lionsgate
7Escape From Planet Earth$104,49985%346-347$302$55,864,38715Weinstein Company
8The Big Wedding$95,60468%265-1178$361$21,008,8205Lionsgate
9Identity Thief$83,21541%187-54$445$134,191,58516Universal
10The Place Beyond the Pines$66,30763%128-189$518$20,901,8049Focus
11Olympus Has Fallen$62,20960%209-257$298$97,619,42810FilmDistrict
12The Call$56,76134%166-63$342$51,501,09211Sony / TriStar
13Jack the Giant Slayer$43,30670%185-65$234$64,930,53113Warner Bros. / New Line
14Scary Movie 5$26,32424%171-337$154$31,350,5397Weinstein / Dimension
15Tyler Perry's Temptation$23,65963%131-19$181$51,914,4989Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$67,57764%643$1,056$609,1755Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$56,66478%263$2,179$682,8523Roadside Attractions
3The Sapphires$29,42482%61-41$482$2,085,30110Weinstein Company
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$26,69165%3713$721$266,6734eOne Films US
5To the Arctic 3D$18,19921%520$350$12,603,95358Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Filly Brown$16,12463%29-10$556$2,800,4526Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Snitch (2013)$13,76259%93-60$148$42,895,33814Lionsgate / Summit
8We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$11,05748%4--$2,764$18,5411Focus World
9Quartet$10,96954%30-12$366$18,228,04120Weinstein Company
10The Host (2013)$9,07920%59-172$154$26,604,0019Open Road
11Spring Breakers$8,75821%7059$125$14,072,46011A24
12Evil Dead$7,96618%58-150$137$54,105,0868Sony / TriStar
13From Up on Poppy Hill$7,51168%24-12$313$953,31511GKIDS
14Silver Linings Playbook$7,14351%35-96$204$132,065,28428Weinstein Company
15Born to Be Wild 3D$6,278-3%300$209$22,685,467112Warner Bros. / IMAX
17A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$4,46680%1--$4,466$6,9521Rialto Pictures
18Life of Pi$4,00943%26-25$154$124,882,08827Fox
19Not Today$3,792-7%5-1$758$192,9287Freestyle Releasing
20The Painting (2013)$3,772165%65$629$12,1623GKIDS
21Safe Haven$2,46220%36-54$68$71,343,64815Relativity Media
22Emperor$1,5352%81$192$3,331,41812Roadside Attractions
23Girl Rising$1,450113%6326$23$1,287,66512Gathr Films