'Guardians of the Galaxy' on the Verge of becoming 2014’s #1 Film; 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Surpasses $150M MarkAugust 29, 2014 12:42 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy grossed $1.56 million on Thursday to continue to claim first place at the daily box office. In the process, the blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel surpassed the $257.75 million take of The LEGO Movie to become the second highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically. With a four-week total of $258.29 million, Guardians of the Galaxy will surpass the $259.77 million final gross of Captain America: The Winter Solider today, to move into first place for 2014. Guardians of the Galaxy was up 4 percent over Wednesday and down a healthy 39 percent from last Thursday. The film claimed first place for the week with $24.04 million, which represented a 34.5 percent decline from the previous frame.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held steady in second place with $1.08 million. In the process, Paramount's successful franchise re-launch surpassed the $150 million domestic mark on Thursday. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was down 1 percent from Wednesday and down 54 percent from last Thursday. The film placed in second for the week with $21.85 million. That was a 45 percent decline from the previous week and brings the film's three-week total to an impressive $150.66 million.

Warner's If I Stay took in an estimated $1.04 million to remain in third. The low-budget drama starring Chloë Grace Moretz was down a slim 1 percent from Wednesday. If I Stay placed in third for the week with a seven-day start of $20.56 million. That was towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and places the film 2 percent ahead of the $20.12 million seven-day take of last year's Carrie.

Let's Be Cops followed in fourth place with $0.85 million. Fox's low-budget action-comedy fell 4 percent from Wednesday and 48 percent from last Thursday. Let's Be Cops placed in fourth for the week with $14.88 million. That represented a 42 percent decline from the previous week and brings the film's 16-day total to a very solid $49.12 million. Let's Be Cops is set to surpass the $50 million mark today.

Relativity's The November Man rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.83 million. The action thriller starring Pierce Brosnan was down 4 percent from Wednesday. The November Man has grossed $1.69 million in two days. That is just below the $1.90 million two-day Pre-Labor Day weekend start of The Debt back in 2011.

Sony's When the Game Stands Tall and The Weinstein Company's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For rounded out their first weeks of release with respective grosses of $0.52 million and $0.42 million on Thursday. When the Game Stands Tall increased 2 percent over Wednesday, while Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was down a troubling 11 percent. For the week, When the Game Stands Tall performed just below expectations with a modest seven-day start of $10.67 million and Sin City: A Dame To Kill For disappointed in a very big way with a seven-day start of just $8.59 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Mar. 18 - Sun, Mar. 20

Wide (1000+)

1Limitless$18,907,302--2,756--$6,860$18,907,3021Relativity Media
3Battle: Los Angeles$14,538,429-59%3,4170$4,255$60,540,1352Sony / Columbia
4The Lincoln Lawyer$13,206,453--2,707--$4,879$13,206,4531Lionsgate
6Red Riding Hood$7,188,131-49%3,0300$2,372$25,895,5142Warner Bros.
7The Adjustment Bureau$5,772,510-50%2,660-187$2,170$48,619,5503Universal
8Mars Needs Moms$5,316,620-23%3,1170$1,706$15,400,4342Disney
9Beastly$3,198,478-36%1,810-149$1,767$22,183,9433CBS Films
10Hall Pass$2,568,334-49%1,905-650$1,348$39,557,9404Warner Bros. / New Line
11Gnomeo and Juliet$2,298,908-36%1,748-837$1,315$93,587,2906Disney
12Just Go With It$2,245,115-44%1,708-690$1,314$97,964,3246Sony / Columbia
13The King's Speech$2,034,151-43%1,249-519$1,629$132,476,38117Weinstein Company
14Unknown (2011)$1,279,351-62%1,401-902$913$61,094,9035Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1I Am Number Four$1,015,059-55%955-1050$1,063$52,616,8495Disney / DreamWorks
2Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$708,210-46%550-381$1,288$36,407,6785Fox
4Cedar Rapids$521,961-43%46268$1,130$5,475,3166Fox Searchlight
5Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$470,465-66%480-767$980$72,209,3636Paramount
6Yogi Bear$450,310-5%43834$1,028$99,415,32714Warner Bros.
7The Green Hornet$285,948-25%282-27$1,014$97,952,45410Sony / Columbia
8True Grit (2010)$250,011-41%268-133$933$169,780,60813Paramount
9The Fighter$219,526-62%316-147$695$93,367,57515Paramount
10Barney's Version$186,493-43%146-44$1,277$6,780,53010Sony Pictures Classics
11Black Swan$174,210-60%191-146$912$106,303,65716Fox Searchlight
12No Strings Attached$160,905-14%232-22$694$70,257,7679Paramount
13Take Me Home Tonight$137,949-89%281-1722$491$6,704,8503Relativity Media
14The Rite$109,727118%202117$543$32,858,1908Warner Bros. / New Line
15TRON: Legacy$102,234-27%104-65$983$171,777,39814Disney
16The Grace Card$102,000-31%1140$895$2,155,8904IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17The Roommate$75,222-51%112-101$672$37,300,1077Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

1Jane Eyre (2011)$466,409155%2622$17,939$719,5142Focus
2Of Gods and Men$295,1024%9440$3,139$1,616,9164Sony Pictures Classics
3Hubble 3D$151,9657%45-3$3,377$23,146,68653Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Win Win$150,362--5--$30,072$150,3621Fox Searchlight
5Kill the Irishman$140,637-3%2116$6,697$332,6382Anchor Bay Films
6Certified Copy$132,73370%2318$5,771$245,8202IFC Films
7Biutiful$92,137-49%89-25$1,035$4,701,24712Roadside Attractions
8Under the Sea 3D$84,44837%213$4,021$27,664,149110Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Music Never Stopped$76,543--32--$2,392$76,5431Roadside Attractions
10Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$71,791-26%141$5,128$1,689,353453D Entertainment
11The Last Lions$68,225-39%467$1,483$442,4425National Geographic
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$67,135-32%94-28$714$294,825,35018Warner Bros.
13The Mechanic$55,485147%9957$560$28,998,3628CBS Films
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$51,439-35%82-41$627$104,225,31415Fox
15The Illusionist (2010)$49,677-31%58-18$857$2,063,75513Sony Pictures Classics
16The Eagle$46,080-5%92-7$501$19,365,5526Focus
17I Am (2011)$43,0809%125$3,590$180,5145Paladin
18Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$40,054-40%22-5$1,821$389,9745Vitagraph
19Drive Angry$39,278-87%95-456$413$10,510,8464Summit
20Another Year$37,352-45%48-7$778$3,076,35812Sony Pictures Classics
21Blue Valentine (2010)$34,366-44%43-17$799$9,576,56112Weinstein Company
22Bill Cunningham New York$33,677--1--$33,677$49,0361Zeitgeist Films
23The Company Men$33,132-37%58-5$571$4,210,8529Weinstein Company
24Space Station 3D$29,86131%31$9,954$83,091,832466IMAX
25Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$26,08967%131$2,007$170,52511First Run Features
26Inside Job$25,173-47%30-11$839$4,237,85224Sony Pictures Classics
27The Butcher, The Chef, and The Swordsman$23,425--37--$633$23,4251China Lion Film
28happythankyoumoreplease$18,681-64%12-7$1,557$137,5613Anchor Bay Films
29Poetry$18,519-34%9-2$2,058$184,3096Kino International
30127 Hours$17,397-65%32-47$544$18,282,89820Fox Searchlight
31I Saw the Devil$17,34470%116$1,577$56,3773Magnolia / Magnet
32Gulliver's Travels (2010)$15,478-67%43-56$360$42,705,23513Fox
33Winter in Wartime$14,937--3--$4,979$14,9371Sony Pictures Classics
34Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$14,822-33%4-1$3,706$92,5183Strand Releasing
35Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$14,256--3--$4,752$36,20010Kino International
36I Love You Phillip Morris$13,23951%11-1$1,204$1,997,12716Roadside Attractions
37Season of the Witch$12,761-51%31-23$412$24,823,28311Relativity Media
38Made in Dagenham$12,5621122%169$785$1,066,22218Sony Pictures Classics
39Nostalgia for the Light$10,681--1--$10,681$10,6811Icarus Films
40Rabbit Hole$10,614-59%29-9$366$2,185,20614Lionsgate
41Casino Jack$9,80610%194$516$1,018,77314IDP/ATO Pictures
42Cracks$9,467--6--$1,578$9,4671IFC Films
43Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$9,067-69%16-8$567$1,322,7076Shorts International
44The Housemaid (Hanyo)$8,27272%123$689$138,5919IFC Films
45From Prada to Nada$8,110-30%27-6$300$2,971,4098Lionsgate / Pantelion
46Desert Flower$7,657--3--$2,552$7,6571National Geographic
47Cold Weather$6,379-54%91$709$109,3557IFC Films
48All Good Things$6,299-13%62$1,050$566,07716Magnolia Pictures
49Clash (Bay Rong)$5,849-52%4-5$1,462$22,8972Variance Films
50Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,278-35%52$1,056$81,2126Phase 4 Films
52Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula$4,866-14%30$1,622$12,5972Indican Pictures
53Heartbeats$4,638-48%5-1$928$43,2254IFC Films
55The Human Resources Manager$4,104-70%5-4$821$37,8783Film Movement
56Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,0051%20$2,003$23,552,772181National Geographic
57Kaboom$3,94271%50$788$100,1318IFC Films
58Public Speaking$3,735--1--$3,735$41,3634Rialto
59Black Death$3,495-48%52$699$13,6772Magnolia / Magnet
60Into Eternity$3,241--6--$540$19,2827International Film Circuit
61Making The Boys$3,235-57%32$1,078$14,8702First Run Features
62My Dog Tulip$3,015-43%3-1$1,005$227,97629New Yorker Films
63Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$2,945-36%2-1$1,473$431,88123Zeitgeist Films
64Putty Hill$2,700-46%20$1,350$34,2275Cinema Guild
65A Somewhat Gentle Man$2,5300%21$1,265$26,73810Strand Releasing
66Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$1,994-7%42$499$190,0888Variance Films
67The Trouble with Terkel$1,768211%10$1,768$32,87052Indican
68Carancho$1,3860%20$693$44,1756Strand Releasing
69Every Day$1,024--1--$1,024$45,53710Image Entertainment
70Winter's Bone$975-79%4-5$244$6,530,50641Roadside Attractions
71Marwencol$942-68%1-1$942$109,74724Cinema Guild
72Bhutto$906-56%1-1$906$98,78016First Run Features
73Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$753-22%32$251$32,98720Variance Films
74Elektra Luxx$595-89%1-3$595$9,2612IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
75Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$55049%20$275$110,19739Kino International
76Kings of Pastry$518-76%10$518$320,60927First Run
77The Little Traitor$315--1--$315$393,01667Westchester Films
78Orgasm Inc.$295-89%1-2$295$25,7396First Run Features
79Nenette$234--1--$234$16,98213Kino International
80Plastic Planet$140-33%10$140$2,73110First Run Features
81Waste Land$102-96%1-2$102$187,71621Arthouse Films