'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 Fri, Jun. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$14,416,58352%4,0040$3,601$139,242,0312Disney
2The Heat$13,718,456--3,181--$4,313$13,718,4561Fox
3White House Down$9,025,649--3,222--$2,801$9,025,6491Sony / Columbia
4World War Z$8,994,72660%3,6070$2,494$102,917,0202Paramount
5Man of Steel$6,008,58853%4,131-76$1,455$233,848,6943Warner Bros.
6This Is The End$2,602,95349%2,710-345$960$68,583,9623Sony / Columbia
7Now You See Me$1,676,61258%2,564-259$654$100,857,2035Lionsgate / Summit
8Fast & Furious 6$720,75045%1,550-867$465$231,623,5206Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$552,20439%1,035-530$534$219,013,0717Paramount
10The Internship$423,8837%1,008-908$421$40,703,9694Fox
11The Purge$403,9202%1,122-1079$360$61,966,6404Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$416,18099%540-384$771$404,448,2369Disney
3The Bling Ring$258,0086%630-20$410$3,771,3133A24
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$150,25849%22216$677$1,768,0064Roadside Attractions
5The Croods$143,18651%307-17$466$184,095,45615Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$110,67317%255-107$434$142,099,3498Warner Bros.
7The Hangover Part III$101,03126%277-253$365$110,461,4606Warner Bros.
8After Earth$92,440-22%331-835$279$58,016,5105Sony / Columbia
9The East$67,58359%185-10$365$1,452,6475Fox Searchlight
1042 (2013)$55,36320%252-73$220$94,435,79112Warner Bros.
11Mud$52,48844%168-45$312$20,417,41310Roadside Attractions
12Olympus Has Fallen$28,25051%165-12$171$98,696,10215FilmDistrict
13The Big Wedding$21,16055%101-40$210$21,696,81310Lionsgate
14G.I. Joe: Retaliation$20,76134%118-21$176$122,342,33214Paramount
15Scary Movie 5$19,07445%122-12$156$31,744,80912Weinstein / Dimension
16Escape From Planet Earth$9,4374%101-37$93$56,831,49620Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ghanchakkar$51,600--89--$580$51,6001UTV Motion Pictures
2The Kings of Summer$21,8554%48-17$455$862,4855CBS Films
3Unfinished Song$21,160552%1917$1,114$60,7272Weinstein Company
4Copperhead$18,922--59--$321$18,9221Brainstorm Media
5To the Arctic 3D$14,772105%520$284$12,903,71663Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Born to Be Wild 3D$8,04130%300$268$22,884,299117Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Stories We Tell$7,042-11%23-10$306$1,364,1838Roadside Attractions
8Kon-Tiki$6,896-17%34-19$203$1,341,53510Weinstein Company
9Redemption (2013)$5,304--19--$279$5,3041Roadside Attractions
10The Sapphires$4,56328%18-11$254$2,382,64715Weinstein Company
11Pain and Gain$2,965-16%26-24$114$49,352,15410Paramount
12Not Today$2,9231354%52$585$300,51012Freestyle Releasing
13Lost and Found in Armenia$2,2406%21$1,120$112,7334High Top Releasing
14Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,142--1--$1,142$28,81011Rialto Pictures
15Detention of the Dead$1,128--2--$564$1,1281Anchor Bay Films
16Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$97136%6-2$162$494,4419eOne Films US
17Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$400394%1-16$400$6,6722High Top Releasing
18Made in Cleveland$227-31%3-2$76$9,0252Striped Entertainment
19The Stroller Strategy$51--1--$51$3,0413Rialto Premieres