'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, Aug. 16 - Sun, Aug. 18

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1Lee Daniels' The Butler$24,500,000--2,933--$8,353$24,500,0001Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$17,500,000-34%3,32565$5,263$69,233,4852Warner Bros. / New Line
3Kick-Ass 2$15,300,000--2,940--$5,204$15,300,0001Universal
4Elysium$12,500,000-58%3,2840$3,806$54,814,3062Sony / TriStar
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$7,800,000-46%3,08049$2,532$38,328,6582Fox
7Jobs$7,000,000--2,381--$2,940$7,000,0001Open Road
82 Guns$5,500,000-51%2,471-557$2,226$59,149,3453Universal
9The Smurfs 2$4,500,000-52%2,349-1518$1,916$56,812,1893Sony / Columbia
10The Wolverine$4,300,000-46%2,058-809$2,089$120,333,1564Fox
11Paranoia$4,000,000--2,459--$1,627$4,000,0001Relativity Media
12The Conjuring$3,700,000-44%2,001-649$1,849$127,652,8705Warner Bros. / New Line
13Despicable Me 2$3,500,000-41%1,818-577$1,925$345,706,1207Universal

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