'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 Tue, Jul. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$6,845,13021%4,0036$1,710$240,866,1352Universal
2Grown Ups 2$5,273,52111%3,491--$1,511$51,542,0361Sony / Columbia
3Pacific Rim$4,416,3409%3,275--$1,349$45,758,7731Warner Bros.
4The Heat$2,175,63523%3,128-56$696$116,310,0373Fox
5Monsters University$1,931,13127%3,142-597$615$241,220,1904Disney
6The Lone Ranger$1,657,51118%3,9040$425$74,531,3132Disney
7World War Z$1,430,81318%3,003-313$476$179,620,0724Paramount
8White House Down$922,49623%2,566-656$360$64,650,8773Sony / Columbia
9Man of Steel$712,44820%2,150-755$331$282,193,6535Warner Bros.
10This Is The End$485,18614%1,394-710$348$92,548,7495Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$511,2241%89216$573$27,148,8772Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$225,50122%850-756$265$113,722,0347Lionsgate / Summit
3Star Trek Into Darkness$110,18312%403-162$273$224,569,3849Paramount
5Fast & Furious 6$78,41518%392-225$200$236,678,2258Universal
6The Croods$56,37031%243-26$232$185,729,36417Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7After Earth$46,91713%238-32$197$59,472,0927Sony / Columbia
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$41,25827%138-32$299$3,600,5386Roadside Attractions
9The Internship$36,59416%233-146$157$43,288,9676Fox
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$32,98532%125-60$264$143,276,71110Warner Bros.
11The Hangover Part III$30,3545%265-73$115$111,710,8708Warner Bros.
12The Purge$26,9000%179-77$150$63,887,7256Universal
13Mud$18,2886%1132$162$21,106,05312Roadside Attractions
14Pain and Gain$10,9633%150-20$73$49,684,77212Paramount
1542 (2013)$10,24811%105-77$98$94,947,31814Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$131,6149%7960$1,666$2,118,9802Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$52,666-1%7--$7,524$492,3401Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$33,68330%9121$370$844,7474Weinstein Company
4The Bling Ring$27,83219%97-62$287$5,509,4155A24
5Escape From Planet Earth$14,84738%55-7$270$56,983,64522Weinstein Company
6Scary Movie 5$13,9536%33-10$423$31,985,03814Weinstein / Dimension
7The East$12,40918%71-31$175$2,148,9847Fox Searchlight
8The Kings of Summer$11,95522%565$213$1,228,4607CBS Films
9Kon-Tiki$4,25145%21-3$202$1,452,21012Weinstein Company
10G.I. Joe: Retaliation$2,716-3%41-22$66$122,517,57916Paramount
11Stories We Tell$2,55612%281$91$1,488,90410Roadside Attractions
12The Sapphires$1,6020%150$107$2,442,45317Weinstein Company
13Pawn Shop Chronicles$1,02659%15--$68$6,5941Anchor Bay Films
14Copperhead$74686%5-10$149$120,2913Brainstorm Media
15Revelation Road 2$242-5%5--$48$4,2201Freestyle Releasing
16Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$202-92%20$101$511,04711eOne Films US
17Not Today$48-76%1-1$48$317,41214Freestyle Releasing