'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, Jun. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Now You See Me$3,061,4563%2,925--$1,047$41,874,0241Lionsgate / Summit
2Fast & Furious 6$2,836,4501%3,68628$770$183,185,6952Universal
4Star Trek Into Darkness$1,758,7218%3,585-322$491$188,440,4393Paramount
5After Earth$1,732,184-1%3,401--$509$35,391,5691Sony / Columbia
6The Hangover Part III$1,415,498-7%3,56510$397$94,993,9562Warner Bros.
7Iron Man 3$898,08011%2,895-529$310$388,529,6655Disney
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$844,0141%2,635-455$320$131,945,1184Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$146,9643%579-133$254$17,427,4956Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$103,20123%506-502$204$180,924,03811Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$65,49221%501-414$131$92,560,7798Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$39,0954%357-215$110$88,226,4507Universal
5Escape From Planet Earth$37,74834%268-78$141$56,441,21116Weinstein Company
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$35,70511%286-60$125$121,719,02710Paramount
7Pain and Gain$14,994-4%207-796$72$49,115,7386Paramount
8Identity Thief$13,570-4%150-37$90$134,506,92017Universal
9Olympus Has Fallen$12,9498%149-60$87$97,913,86111FilmDistrict
10The Place Beyond the Pines$12,55312%103-25$122$21,182,83410Focus
11Jack the Giant Slayer$10,50429%143-42$73$65,144,84414Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Big Wedding$9,148-4%126-139$73$21,323,4156Lionsgate
13Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$4,894-20%121-364$40$9,063,8084Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$17,9572%7410$243$963,4836Weinstein Company
2Girl Rising$15,47011%30-33$516$1,378,85713Gathr Films
3Stories We Tell$12,5744%3913$322$949,4034Roadside Attractions
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$7,3854%381$194$416,6285eOne Films US
5The Sapphires$7,331-2%58-3$126$2,236,21011Weinstein Company
6The East$7,095-10%4--$1,774$107,4111Fox Searchlight
7To the Arctic 3D$6,104-16%520$117$12,718,96859Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Kings of Summer$5,6240%4--$1,406$81,6081CBS Films
9Born to Be Wild 3D$5,397-24%300$180$22,747,283113Warner Bros. / IMAX
10We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$5,2392%117$476$92,4502Focus World
11Not Today$3,412-8%1813$190$255,7978Freestyle Releasing
12Scary Movie 5$2,110-8%51-120$41$31,419,6068Weinstein / Dimension
13Spring Breakers$2,007-10%40-30$50$14,122,75012A24
14From Up on Poppy Hill$1,83345%12-12$153$988,58012GKIDS
15Quartet$1,4868%17-13$87$18,267,75621Weinstein Company
16Silver Linings Playbook$1,047-9%23-12$46$132,092,95829Weinstein Company
18Emperor$69222%6-2$115$3,343,98513Roadside Attractions
19A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$14924%10$149$18,2972Rialto Pictures
20The Painting (2013)$124288%1-5$124$21,0114GKIDS