'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.

Weekly domestic gross

YearWeekTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
200033 (Aug 18 - Aug 24)$76,284,531-40%$142,985,000--The Original Kings of Comedy
200133 (Aug 17 - Aug 23)$122,676,43961%$169,866,00019%American Pie 2
200233 (Aug 16 - Aug 22)$138,604,31813%$161,715,000-5%XXX
200333 (Aug 15 - Aug 21)$181,452,27131%$211,575,00031%Freddy Vs. Jason
200433 (Aug 13 - Aug 19)$169,102,727-7%$197,650,000-7%Alien Vs. Predator
200533 (Aug 19 - Aug 25)$132,184,971-22%$162,573,000-18%The 40-Year-Old Virgin
200633 (Aug 18 - Aug 24)$120,088,419-9%$155,055,000-5%Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
200733 (Aug 17 - Aug 23)$161,711,81235%$195,782,00026%Superbad
200833 (Aug 15 - Aug 21)$156,837,104-3%$185,881,000-5%Tropic Thunder
200933 (Aug 14 - Aug 20)$177,940,80713%$214,827,00016%District 9
201033 (Aug 13 - Aug 19)$189,669,3477%$221,388,0003%The Expendables
201133 (Aug 19 - Aug 25)$140,208,541-26%$180,452,000-18%The Help
201233 (Aug 17 - Aug 23)$171,448,38722%$199,396,00010%The Expendables 2
201333 (Aug 16 - Aug 22)$162,803,477-5%$205,598,0003%Lee Daniels' The Butler
201433 (Aug 15 - Aug 21)$154,225,390-5%$174,755,000-15%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)