'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, Feb. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$3,552,198-72%3,7750$941$146,333,5942Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$1,754,601-48%3,372--$520$31,761,7941Sony / Columbia
3The Monuments Men$1,309,323-46%3,0830$425$47,892,1132Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$1,165,608-47%2,253--$517$29,003,8091Sony / Screen Gems
5Endless Love (2014)$579,200-47%2,896--$200$14,986,8051Universal
6Frozen (2013)$547,266-70%2,101-359$260$378,795,61313Disney
7Ride Along$485,095-57%2,517-283$193$117,687,7755Universal
8Winter's Tale$444,208-37%2,965--$150$8,451,2671Warner Bros.
9That Awkward Moment$281,784-33%1,922-887$147$22,242,7153Focus
10Lone Survivor$271,755-52%2,013-856$135$119,248,0118Universal
11Philomena$211,389-36%1,225721$173$31,139,83213Weinstein Company
12The Nut Job$191,263-72%1,918-1086$100$58,469,0435Open Road
13American Hustle$184,015-53%1,072-568$172$142,031,54910Sony / Columbia
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$174,119-50%1,278-861$136$48,198,1435Paramount
15Vampire Academy$148,554-50%2,6760$56$7,106,8522Weinstein Company
16Labor Day (2013)$106,278-34%1,664-920$64$12,711,4903Paramount
17August: Osage County$96,517-44%1,010-317$96$36,035,4618Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$170,723-52%751-416$227$111,205,5278Paramount
2Gravity$89,457-58%355-346$252$268,262,38320Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$72,660-48%386-292$188$48,427,93518Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$61,102-44%324-201$189$15,971,92714Paramount Vantage
5Her (2013)$51,115-53%255-202$200$23,470,2469Warner Bros.
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$43,212-60%285-252$152$256,274,85310Warner Bros. / New Line
7I, Frankenstein$42,610-39%468-959$91$18,451,9254Lionsgate
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$36,591-60%326-203$112$423,239,43913Lionsgate
9Dallas Buyers Club$36,273-48%223-265$163$24,380,79316Focus
10The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$18,453-55%201-41$92$57,515,9678Fox
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$17,355-45%261-85$66$125,135,4909Paramount
12Walking With Dinosaurs$14,609-70%248-3$59$35,472,8509Fox
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,592-68%181-16$53$119,444,65621Sony / Columbia
14Devil's Due$9,089-25%123-262$74$15,639,1025Fox
15Grudge Match$9,060-25%291-50$31$29,682,6468Warner Bros.
16Captain Phillips$7,479-41%135-47$55$106,879,19919Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$33,988-41%9833$347$1,045,2164Roadside Attractions
2Inside Llewyn Davis$11,228-49%86-43$131$12,973,15811CBS Films
3The Book Thief$10,456-50%94-41$111$21,109,88815Fox
4Hasee Toh Phasee$9,830-52%77-11$128$585,7762Reliance Entertainment
5The Legend Of Hercules$5,900-49%90-158$66$18,536,2886Lionsgate / Summit
6Knights of Badassdom$3,302163%2-7$1,651$105,2624eOne Films US
7Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,231-26%34-12$95$8,225,08712Weinstein Company
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$2,780-51%62-41$45$32,456,1257Paramount
9Free Birds$2,431-74%75-34$32$55,620,64416Relativity Media
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$1,75411%15-61$117$1,356,1564Roadside Attractions
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$641-24%10$641$16,6142Rialto Pictures
12Last Vegas$578-76%41-19$14$63,911,16116CBS Films
13All Is Lost$245-56%9-3$27$6,259,86718Roadside Attractions
14The Pretty One$230-25%10$230$4,8692Dada Films
15At Middleton$206-3%1-7$206$53,3453Anchor Bay / Freestyle