Grosses

'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.

Weekend domestic gross

YearWeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
199134 (Aug 23 - Aug 25) - 1991$30,702,347-30%$38,685,344-29%Hot Shots!
201134 (Aug 26 - Aug 28) - 2011$69,507,839-32%$93,383,882-27%The Help
200534 (Aug 26 - Aug 28) - 2005$77,622,906-19%$97,482,900-18%The 40-Year-Old Virgin
198334 (Aug 26 - Aug 28) - 1983$32,284,328-9%$36,524,844-15%Mr. Mom
200034 (Aug 25 - Aug 27) - 2000$69,437,843-18%$91,361,205-13%Bring It On
200234 (Aug 23 - Aug 25) - 2002$71,440,252-7%$89,631,446-8%Signs
198634 (Aug 22 - Aug 24) - 1986$30,606,033-10%$39,915,361-4%The Fly
198934 (Aug 25 - Aug 27) - 1989$37,306,044-17%$49,910,603-3%Uncle Buck
200834 (Aug 22 - Aug 24) - 2008$82,667,797-2%$106,138,919-2%Tropic Thunder
199634 (Aug 23 - Aug 25) - 1996$51,551,826-2%$66,516,898-2%The Island of Dr. Moreau
199534 (Aug 25 - Aug 27) - 1995$52,423,656-3%$67,785,021-2%Mortal Kombat
201034 (Aug 20 - Aug 22) - 2010$102,089,078-4%$127,466,3960%The Expendables
198434 (Aug 24 - Aug 26) - 1984$33,468,5204%$37,823,1424%Tightrope
201234 (Aug 24 - Aug 26) - 2012$76,007,0649%$97,511,3264%The Expendables 2
200734 (Aug 24 - Aug 26) - 2007$83,965,21110%$108,327,3845%Superbad
199434 (Aug 26 - Aug 28) - 1994$53,788,246-2%$68,931,1345%Natural Born Killers
200634 (Aug 25 - Aug 27) - 2006$76,103,396-2%$103,052,4436%Invincible (2006)
200134 (Aug 24 - Aug 26) - 2001$76,814,07311%$97,301,4997%American Pie 2
199234 (Aug 21 - Aug 23) - 1992$36,394,78019%$41,451,4627%Unforgiven
199034 (Aug 24 - Aug 26) - 1990$43,625,85817%$54,302,2599%Darkman
198734 (Aug 21 - Aug 23) - 1987$34,766,87114%$43,432,3179%Stakeout
198534 (Aug 23 - Aug 25) - 1985$34,154,5052%$41,629,60010%Back to the Future
200334 (Aug 22 - Aug 24) - 2003$80,000,85512%$100,769,24612%Freddy Vs. Jason
201334 (Aug 23 - Aug 25) - 2013$83,842,08110%$109,882,03513%Lee Daniels' The Butler
199834 (Aug 21 - Aug 23) - 1998$67,766,4283%$89,606,65114%Blade
199934 (Aug 20 - Aug 22) - 1999$84,504,46825%$105,613,08018%The Sixth Sense
199734 (Aug 22 - Aug 24) - 1997$65,745,50628%$78,428,80518%G.I. Jane
200434 (Aug 20 - Aug 22) - 2004$96,068,75320%$119,006,43218%Exorcist: The Beginning
198834 (Aug 19 - Aug 21) - 1988$45,104,36530%$51,392,25718%A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
200934 (Aug 21 - Aug 23) - 2009$106,503,87429%$127,250,64520%Inglourious Basterds
199334 (Aug 20 - Aug 22) - 1993$54,821,74651%$65,547,47458%The Fugitive (1993)