'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, Jun. 21 - Sun, Jun. 23

Wide (1000+)

1Monsters University$81,000,000--4,004--$20,230$81,000,0001Disney
2World War Z$62,000,000--3,607--$17,189$62,000,0001Paramount
3Man of Steel$43,500,000-63%4,2070$10,340$212,290,9472Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$12,800,000-38%3,0550$4,190$57,591,5242Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$7,800,000-29%2,823-259$2,763$94,380,9764Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$4,600,000-52%2,417-958$1,903$228,287,4705Universal
7The Purge$3,400,000-59%2,201-390$1,545$59,416,4453Universal
8The Internship$3,300,000-54%1,916-1483$1,722$38,239,5053Fox
9Star Trek Into Darkness$2,900,000-54%1,565-766$1,853$216,510,9166Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

1Iron Man 3$2,150,000-27%924-725$2,327$403,095,2228Disney
2The Bling Ring$1,750,000716%650645$2,692$2,091,2412A24

Platform (1 — 99)

No records.