'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 Sun, Jun. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Fault in Our Stars$9,259,822-27%3,173--$2,918$48,002,5231Fox
3Edge of Tomorrow$7,680,847-27%3,490--$2,201$28,760,2461Warner Bros.
4X-Men: Days of Future Past$4,468,257-28%3,639-362$1,228$189,556,0803Fox
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$2,179,020-25%3,1602$690$30,338,4652Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$1,830,620-27%3,110-391$589$185,214,1854Warner Bros.
7Neighbors (2014)$1,498,770-31%2,674-265$560$137,925,6505Universal
8Blended$1,140,718-33%2,928-627$390$36,581,3473Warner Bros.
9Chef$796,303-28%1,298674$613$10,383,5245Open Road
10The Amazing Spider-Man 2$598,078-27%1,481-671$404$196,350,2396Sony / Columbia
11Million Dollar Arm$556,253-35%1,643-686$339$31,550,9804Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio 2$245,444-19%702-281$350$125,682,3929Fox
2Belle$234,726-27%476-49$493$7,592,4996Fox Searchlight
3The Other Woman (2014)$133,792-35%489-625$274$82,221,9307Fox
4Holiday (2014)$127,213-19%144--$883$394,7971Reliance Entertainment
5Heaven is for Real$125,502-20%446-276$281$88,807,5238Sony / TriStar
6The LEGO Movie$84,479-28%274-28$308$255,878,39218Warner Bros.
7The Grand Seduction$80,966-31%10713$757$822,8012eOne Films US
8Divergent$70,690-31%298-75$237$149,063,25912Lionsgate / Summit
9The Grand Budapest Hotel$68,100-36%185-64$368$57,777,52214Fox Searchlight
10God's Not Dead$58,060-11%20045$290$60,044,96012Freestyle / Pure Flix
11The Immigrant$57,634-30%145-5$397$1,421,8594Weinstein Company
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$55,590-23%224-30$248$110,340,22414Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Moms' Night Out$45,303-23%292-91$155$9,915,4055Sony / TriStar
15The Railway Man$17,789-14%177-319$101$4,232,8989Weinstein Company
16Draft Day$11,828-29%113-60$105$28,786,1439Lionsgate / Summit
17Transcendence$7,290-26%105-23$69$22,982,0578Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Words and Pictures$77,925-38%9885$795$536,7123Roadside Attractions
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$32,317-8%390$829$2,650,46610Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Fed Up$31,218-13%88-16$355$1,215,7345RADiUS-TWC
4Brick Mansions$25,786-13%9954$260$20,120,0297Relativity Media
5Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$10,998-27%84-96$131$8,279,2355Clarius Entertainment
6A Haunted House 2$8,585-18%44-30$195$17,314,4848Open Road
7Oculus$7,537-18%47-36$160$27,647,8099Relativity Media
8Filmistaan$7,041-52%24--$293$31,1131UTV Motion Pictures
9The Hornet's Nest$3,705-27%16-26$232$288,2145Freestyle Releasing
10Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,4934604%2-2$1,247$138,4998Rialto Pictures
11Blue Ruin$845-11%3-3$282$253,8057RADiUS-TWC
12The Unknown Known$66640%32$222$271,17510RADiUS-TWC
13Heropanti$8826%3-8$29$62,2453UTV Motion Pictures