'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, Mar. 14 - Sun, Mar. 16

Wide (1000+)

1Mr. Peabody & Sherman$22,000,000-32%3,95117$5,568$63,979,9162Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2300: Rise of an Empire$19,500,000-57%3,49020$5,587$78,705,5532Warner Bros.
3Need For Speed$18,000,000--3,115--$5,778$18,000,0001Disney / DreamWorks
4Non-Stop (2014)$10,700,000-32%3,18370$3,362$68,889,8103Universal
5Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$9,300,000--1,896--$4,905$9,300,0001Lionsgate
6The LEGO Movie$8,300,000-24%3,040-250$2,730$237,526,9286Warner Bros.
7Son of God$5,500,000-47%2,990-281$1,839$50,974,7083Fox
8Frozen (2013)$2,300,000-22%1,466-194$1,569$396,538,85017Disney
9The Monuments Men$2,050,000-33%1,594-407$1,286$73,868,6926Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Veronica Mars$2,250,000--291--$7,732$2,250,0001Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Grand Budapest Hotel$3,500,000331%6662$53,030$4,638,9402Fox Searchlight