'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 Mon, Jul. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolverine$5,548,959-61%3,924--$1,414$58,662,7111Fox
2The Conjuring$2,904,987-55%3,022119$961$86,850,0042Warner Bros. / New Line
3Despicable Me 2$2,276,780-56%3,476-344$655$309,089,5004Universal
4Turbo$1,763,031-58%3,8093$463$57,946,2762Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Grown Ups 2$1,556,855-53%3,258-233$478$103,321,4373Sony / Columbia
6Red 2$1,037,207-62%3,0160$344$36,048,7602Lionsgate / Summit
7Pacific Rim$1,018,150-58%2,602-683$391$85,207,7153Warner Bros.
9The Heat$850,157-57%2,384-305$357$142,159,5655Fox
10Fruitvale Station$515,510-62%1,0641030$485$6,788,0453Weinstein Company
11Monsters University$443,922-53%1,470-716$302$255,910,9486Disney
12World War Z$387,574-55%1,440-626$269$193,047,8056Paramount
13The Lone Ranger$218,015-56%1,267-1006$172$85,539,4454Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$403,165-62%886582$455$9,480,4204Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$234,174-48%591--$396$1,813,5761CBS Films
3White House Down$121,124-51%676-778$179$70,759,7415Sony / Columbia
4Man of Steel$104,562-54%501-549$209$286,912,0677Warner Bros.
5Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$83,952-57%498-250$169$31,565,3844Lionsgate / Summit
6This Is The End$75,915-53%270-352$281$95,693,7257Sony / Columbia
8Now You See Me$43,626-48%215-118$203$115,024,3659Lionsgate / Summit
9Fast & Furious 6$42,720-54%267-12$160$237,657,62510Universal
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$42,709-45%271-31$158$144,198,12812Warner Bros.
11Star Trek Into Darkness$33,162-53%180-70$184$225,635,95811Paramount
12The Internship$29,575-49%197-5$150$43,952,7468Fox
13The Croods$27,355-47%194-18$141$186,411,13219Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Girl Most Likely$23,398-59%227-124$103$1,239,8642Roadside Attractions
15The Purge$17,270-52%1571$110$64,282,8908Universal
16The Hangover Part III$11,227-45%147-55$76$112,028,68110Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unfinished Song$11,502-66%82-6$140$1,278,1016Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$10,507-57%77-18$136$4,007,2538Roadside Attractions
3Mud$9,173-58%73-4$126$21,381,69514Roadside Attractions
4The Bling Ring$5,966-68%34-4$175$5,732,4727A24
5Kon-Tiki$4,141-16%145$296$1,491,89714Weinstein Company
6The East$2,165-57%20-11$108$2,248,1639Fox Searchlight
7Pain and Gain$2,020-59%35-35$58$49,770,40714Paramount
8The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,840-25%1--$1,840$9,6991Rialto Pictures
9Stories We Tell$862-54%14-8$62$1,539,82012Roadside Attractions
10Copperhead$431-50%2-34$216$161,9465Brainstorm Media