'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, Mar. 28 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Divergent$8,129,132165%3,9360$2,065$76,889,1402Lionsgate / Summit
3Muppets Most Wanted$2,630,480138%3,1940$824$24,468,1692Disney
4God's Not Dead$2,352,810162%1,178398$1,997$15,305,8282Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,208,827120%3,299-308$670$87,617,6404Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$1,832,067--2,486--$737$1,832,0671Open Road
7Need For Speed$1,194,78998%2,705-410$442$34,612,8103Disney / DreamWorks
8300: Rise of an Empire$1,178,04375%2,601-484$453$98,023,4574Warner Bros.
9Non-Stop (2014)$1,169,430134%2,515-430$465$82,249,6055Universal
10The LEGO Movie$722,90868%2,001-500$361$245,921,6288Warner Bros.
11Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$319,12856%1,139-757$280$14,197,2333Lionsgate
12Son of God$261,1018%1,277-862$204$57,051,8435Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$2,405,393303%977673$2,462$18,037,2084Fox Searchlight
2Cesar Chavez$1,029,545--664--$1,551$1,029,5451Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Bad Words$765,958855%842755$910$1,684,6483Focus
4The Monuments Men$124,40621%501-437$248$76,283,8678Sony / Columbia
5Ride Along$97,195114%360-290$270$133,438,07011Universal
6The Nut Job$83,17663%294-41$283$62,876,90111Open Road
7Frozen (2013)$79,0397%387-682$204$398,132,91419Disney
83 Days to Kill$62,3796%340-412$183$30,084,6526Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$49,7369%210-137$237$3,073,8873Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$37,766-12%228-294$166$56,282,09324Fox Searchlight
11Gravity$34,86949%135-67$258$273,225,52726Warner Bros.
12American Hustle$32,13544%188-93$171$149,941,95316Sony / Columbia
13The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$28,82572%185-39$156$258,131,48116Warner Bros. / New Line
14Philomena$28,580-7%202-95$141$37,247,70319Weinstein Company
15Pompeii$26,41072%162-39$163$22,904,1016Sony / TriStar
16The Wolf of Wall Street$25,85428%134-81$193$116,805,80914Paramount
17Lone Survivor$25,57562%165-46$155$124,900,12614Universal
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$25,290118%107-21$236$50,498,91511Paramount
19RoboCop (2014)$25,15822%168-160$150$57,207,4377Sony / Columbia
20The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$18,21848%158-53$115$424,600,27219Lionsgate
21Her (2013)$14,757116%11037$134$25,425,50015Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1About Last Night$22,49033%91-123$247$48,367,7757Sony / Screen Gems
2Dallas Buyers Club$15,8515%99-79$160$27,151,04022Focus
3That Awkward Moment$14,79291%68-25$218$26,021,7319Focus
4August: Osage County$9,6440%81-60$119$37,648,95114Weinstein Company
5Ernest & Celestine$6,102529%125$509$104,1595GKIDS
6Gloria (2014)$5,522-12%36-14$153$2,010,25310Roadside Attractions
7Walking With Dinosaurs$4,48131%42-17$107$36,037,75415Fox
8Winter's Tale$3,992-28%85-59$47$12,582,9157Warner Bros.
9Stalingrad (2014)$2,851210%6653$43$995,7495Sony / Columbia
10Vampire Academy$1,76216%24-11$73$7,781,3748Weinstein Company
11Blood Ties$468-82%5-23$94$39,8242Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$147-60%21$74$25,1538Rialto Pictures