'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, Jun. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$10,376,090-26%3,68628$2,815$171,003,9652Universal
2Now You See Me$8,446,088-22%2,925--$2,888$29,350,3891Lionsgate / Summit
3After Earth$7,411,913-28%3,401--$2,179$27,520,0401Sony / Columbia
5Star Trek Into Darkness$5,202,020-27%3,585-322$1,451$181,537,3813Paramount
6The Hangover Part III$4,647,009-29%3,56510$1,304$88,540,9082Warner Bros.
7Iron Man 3$2,549,285-30%2,895-529$881$385,187,7365Disney
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,922,555-27%2,635-455$730$128,508,2094Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$360,424-34%579-133$622$16,884,9906Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$202,396-31%506-502$400$180,588,68511Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$150,935-31%501-414$301$92,331,6858Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$98,325-43%357-215$275$88,067,6707Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$81,002-32%286-60$283$121,588,60310Paramount
6Escape From Planet Earth$61,757-27%268-78$230$56,322,42716Weinstein Company
7Pain and Gain$39,347-43%207-796$190$49,055,6286Paramount
8Identity Thief$33,750-42%150-37$225$134,455,17517Universal
9The Call$32,604-34%138-28$236$51,752,09012Sony / TriStar
10The Place Beyond the Pines$26,145-28%103-25$254$21,135,65910Focus
11Olympus Has Fallen$25,077-37%149-60$168$97,867,13911FilmDistrict
12The Big Wedding$21,967-33%126-139$174$21,285,9806Lionsgate
13Jack the Giant Slayer$20,650-34%143-42$144$65,111,33414Warner Bros. / New Line
14Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$17,677-42%121-364$146$9,040,6634Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$43,506-29%7410$588$897,1376Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$32,062-39%3913$822$901,4244Roadside Attractions
3The East$24,475-26%4--$6,119$77,0311Fox Searchlight
4The Kings of Summer$17,972-23%4--$4,493$58,9621CBS Films
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$16,283-1%381$429$388,3345eOne Films US
6The Sapphires$15,114-41%58-3$261$2,208,57911Weinstein Company
7We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$10,900-13%117$991$73,5662Focus World
8Not Today$9,211-46%1813$512$242,5968Freestyle Releasing
9To the Arctic 3D$5,812-35%520$112$12,693,77559Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Scary Movie 5$5,022-31%51-120$98$31,411,3548Weinstein / Dimension
11Evil Dead$4,092-12%40-18$102$54,136,8559Sony / TriStar
12From Up on Poppy Hill$3,9943%12-12$333$982,95112GKIDS
13Spring Breakers$3,846-8%40-30$96$14,113,34212A24
14Born to Be Wild 3D$3,118-30%300$104$22,724,241113Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Quartet$2,918-39%17-13$172$18,262,05921Weinstein Company
16Silver Linings Playbook$2,260-33%23-12$98$132,088,91029Weinstein Company
18Emperor$1,408-17%6-2$235$3,342,07013Roadside Attractions
19A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$350-1%10$350$17,8242Rialto Pictures
20The Painting (2013)$8040%1-5$80$20,8354GKIDS
21Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$75-88%2--$38$7751Cinema Purgatorio