'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, Jun. 16 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$6,830,926-48%3,306--$2,066$63,902,3711Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$5,056,288-63%4,253--$1,189$54,507,6101Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The Fault in Our Stars$2,307,777-14%3,273100$705$83,074,9772Fox
5Edge of Tomorrow$1,672,018-71%3,50515$477$58,673,7162Warner Bros.
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,033,521-69%3,042-597$340$207,290,1314Fox
7Godzilla (2014)$383,462-69%2,088-1022$184$191,840,6565Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$363,155-66%2,413-747$150$37,470,1753Universal
9Neighbors (2014)$302,425-49%1,896-778$160$143,324,6406Universal
10Chef$225,282-65%1,102-196$204$14,213,2616Open Road
11Blended$206,492-59%1,581-1347$131$40,593,8294Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$117,865-60%682-799$173$198,504,0867Sony / Columbia
2Million Dollar Arm$81,689-74%577-1066$142$33,552,9915Disney
3Belle$62,301-56%338-138$184$8,631,9257Fox Searchlight
4Divergent$60,469-46%33638$180$149,681,74413Lionsgate / Summit
5Rio 2$58,512-51%383-319$153$126,725,18210Fox
6Heaven is for Real$48,007-57%53286$90$89,450,4399Sony / TriStar
7The LEGO Movie$43,448-45%30127$144$256,373,71919Warner Bros.
8Words and Pictures$41,315-61%217119$190$1,107,3994Roadside Attractions
9The Grand Seduction$32,575-57%104-3$313$1,312,6633eOne Films US
10The Other Woman (2014)$29,822-42%244-245$122$82,762,9888Fox
11The Signal (2014)$23,003-55%120--$192$178,6451Focus
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$21,322-63%149-36$143$58,131,13515Fox Searchlight
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$20,415-49%207-17$99$110,643,02215Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14God's Not Dead$18,490-56%150-50$123$60,319,48413Freestyle / Pure Flix
15The Immigrant$15,630-60%140-5$112$1,702,5265Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$36,239-7%412$884$2,990,61511Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Fed Up$10,003-24%56-32$179$1,337,3926RADiUS-TWC
3Brick Mansions$7,263-59%85-14$85$20,229,4658Relativity Media
4Moms' Night Out$7,070-38%81-211$87$10,086,9646Sony / TriStar
5Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,490-13%43-41$81$8,336,8636Clarius Entertainment
6Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$3,474-57%18--$193$65,9212RADiUS-TWC
7The Railway Man$3,165-48%50-127$63$4,310,15810Weinstein Company
8Oculus$2,104-37%31-16$68$27,676,24910Relativity Media
9Transcendence$1,970-57%58-47$34$23,016,4749Warner Bros.
10Draft Day$1,832-65%53-60$35$28,832,97710Lionsgate / Summit
11The Hornet's Nest$551-64%3-13$184$299,4786Freestyle Releasing
12Filmistaan$395-71%8-16$49$44,7022UTV Motion Pictures
13Accident (2014 re-issue)$301-42%1--$301$14,6164Rialto Pictures
14Blue Ruin$183144%2-1$92$257,0898RADiUS-TWC
15The Unknown Known$15260%30$51$273,75511RADiUS-TWC
16Heropanti$36-78%1-2$36$63,0874UTV Motion Pictures