'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 Sat, Sep. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$15,078,51163%4,001--$3,769$24,324,5081Sony / Columbia
2Prisoners$4,912,01946%3,29030$1,493$35,965,0772Warner Bros.
3Rush (2013)$4,031,2359%2,2972292$1,755$8,001,7992Universal
4Baggage Claim$3,886,36118%2,027--$1,917$7,183,9741Fox Searchlight
5Don Jon$3,466,3185%2,422--$1,431$6,754,5651Relativity Media
6Insidious Chapter 2$3,125,45351%3,120-35$1,002$67,994,6343FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$1,722,09258%2,894-197$595$30,835,0103Relativity Media
8We're the Millers$1,351,28761%2,405-598$562$141,745,8948Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,150,40765%2,062-869$558$109,709,8927Weinstein Company
10Battle of the Year$972,18375%2,0080$484$6,997,4622Sony / Screen Gems
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$388,084102%1,007-466$385$65,158,9748Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$1,405,82076%948-30$1,483$37,393,2975Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$997,92271%227223$4,396$1,948,0232Fox Searchlight
3Metallica Through The Never$497,715-39%305--$1,632$1,309,1151Picturehouse
4Despicable Me 2$381,480100%748-256$510$361,554,05513Universal
5Grown Ups 2$275,66171%390132$707$131,850,53812Sony / Columbia
6Elysium$233,14156%562-830$415$91,731,2228Sony / TriStar
7The Wizard of Oz 3D$228,953176%305-13$751$4,835,6062Warner Bros.
82 Guns$133,00557%403-349$330$74,934,0459Universal
9The Wolverine$126,55067%329-133$385$131,237,52610Fox
10Turbo$120,951115%282-51$429$81,890,63911Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Smurfs 2$120,77851%353-243$342$69,865,8089Sony / Columbia
12The Conjuring$94,55363%338-223$280$136,923,34811Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$89,35247%329-718$272$31,005,4736Sony / Screen Gems
14The World's End$88,06350%281-552$313$25,649,2596Focus
15The Heat$86,84955%251-59$346$158,908,30314Fox
16Thanks for Sharing$71,86554%251-18$286$857,1222Roadside Attractions
17One Direction: This Is Us$67,98486%228-1478$298$28,782,3015Sony / TriStar
18Pacific Rim$53,55486%140-62$383$101,594,92112Warner Bros.
19This Is The End$53,24440%205-322$260$101,331,62016Sony / Columbia
20In a World...$53,02459%121-23$438$2,571,0108Roadside Attractions
21The Spectacular Now$47,04826%142-429$331$6,626,1549A24
22The Grandmaster$46,84161%143-330$328$6,476,4986Weinstein Company
23The Way, Way Back$44,49055%158-166$282$21,307,15813Fox Searchlight
24World War Z$41,53176%160-43$260$202,255,81615Paramount
25Red 2$30,29545%110-68$275$52,856,12311Lionsgate / Summit
26Salinger$27,12357%134-4$202$484,4344Weinstein Company
27You're Next$14,69643%112-420$131$18,404,1876Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Haute Cuisine$13,58763%1411$971$45,0502Weinstein Company
2Jobs$12,17541%84-68$145$16,110,8697Open Road
3Getaway$11,12638%74-441$150$10,488,5595Warner Bros.
4Fruitvale Station$10,44853%42-61$249$16,004,62312Weinstein Company
5Paranoia$8,08721%66-22$123$7,371,6507Relativity Media
6The Ultimate Life$7,67845%47-137$163$1,307,1884High Top Releasing
7Populaire$5,81152%244$242$126,7344Weinstein Company
8We Are What We Are (2013)$4,911-23%2--$2,456$11,2731eOne Films US
9Chennai Express$4,09975%9-11$455$5,304,7808UTV Motion Pictures
10Unfinished Song$3,3185%19-4$175$1,694,19415Weinstein Company
11C.O.G.$2,62472%9-11$292$48,4052Screen Media / Focus World
12The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2,41634%1--$2,416$4,2191Rialto Pictures
13Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$1,73436%1--$1,734$4,5341Rialto Pictures
14Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,5573%8-10$195$4,317,85517Roadside Attractions
15Hotel Normandy$1,338234%1--$1,338$1,7391Rialto Premieres
16Morning$974-17%4--$244$2,1481Anchor Bay Films
17Satyagraha$29779%2-7$149$738,3395UTV Motion Pictures
18Stories We Tell$18542%4-1$46$1,597,98221Roadside Attractions