'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.

Early Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, May. 17 - Sun, May. 19

Wide (1000+)

1Star Trek Into Darkness$68,000,000--3,868--$17,580$81,536,4221Paramount
2Iron Man 3$36,000,000-50%4,237-16$8,497$337,891,8833Disney
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$23,000,000-54%3,55015$6,479$89,743,6042Warner Bros.
4Pain and Gain$3,000,000-40%2,429-874$1,235$46,474,4944Paramount
542 (2013)$2,750,000-40%2,380-550$1,155$88,754,5126Warner Bros.
6The Croods$2,600,000-28%2,373-277$1,096$176,600,1839Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Oblivion (2013)$2,300,000-44%2,077-693$1,107$85,550,9605Universal
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$2,250,000-51%2,0410$1,102$7,957,7772Lionsgate
9The Big Wedding$1,150,000-54%1,443-855$797$20,247,9844Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mud$2,200,000-13%960108$2,292$11,627,4254Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

No records.