'Guardians of the Galaxy' Returns to First Place on Monday with $2.88M; 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' #2 with $2.80MAugust 19, 2014 12:48 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy returned to the top of the daily box office on Monday with a daily take of $2.88 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel was down 63 percent from Sunday and down 46 percent from last Monday. With more and more schools now back in session, midweek grosses in general came back down to Earth on Monday. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed a stronger than expected $225.55 million in 18 days. That places the film 11 percent ahead of the $203.09 million 18-day take of Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had to settle for a close second place finish with $2.80 million. Paramount's high-profile franchise re-launch trailed Guardians of the Galaxy by just $83,282 for the day. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fell 69 percent from Sunday and 58 percent from last Monday. The film continues to outpace expectations in a big way with $120.57 million through eleven days of release. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently running 19 percent ahead of the $101.19 million eleven-day gross of 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Fox's Let's Be Cops placed in third with $2.10 million. The low-budget action-comedy fell 60 percent from Sunday, which represented one of Monday's better daily percentage holds among wide releases. Let's Be Cops has grossed a very solid $28.32 million in its first six days. That is towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and places the film 21.5 percent behind the recent $36.09 million six-day take of Tammy. Let's Be Cops will hope to hold up well going forward due in part to the lack of new comedies entering the marketplace over the next several weeks.

Lionsgate's The Expendables 3 continued its disappointing performance on Monday with a fourth place take of $1.32 million. The third installment of the ensemble action franchise starring Sylvester Stallone was down a concerning 69 percent from Sunday's performance. The Expendables 3 has grossed just $17.20 million in its first four days of release. The film is performing below its scaled back expectations and is running 45 percent behind the $31.38 million four-day start of 2012's The Expendables 2.

The Giver rounded out Monday's top five with $1.31 million. The young adult sci-fi adaptation from The Weinstein Company trailed The Expendables 3 by a very slim $7,936 for the day. The Giver fell 58 percent from Sunday, which represented the day's best daily percentage hold among wide releases. With a four-day start of $13.62 million, The Giver is running towards the low end of expectations and 15 percent ahead of the $11.80 million four-day take of last year's The Host.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Aug. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$15,966,318-17%3,648--$4,377$54,806,1911Fox
2The Smurfs$6,680,744-17%3,3950$1,968$75,904,2462Sony / Columbia
3Cowboys & Aliens$4,692,695-26%3,7544$1,250$67,349,5202Universal
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$4,235,921-12%3,175-970$1,334$343,086,0454Warner Bros.
5Captain America: The First Avenger$4,043,499-22%3,620-95$1,117$143,203,9673Paramount
6The Change-Up$3,757,770-25%2,913--$1,290$13,531,1151Universal
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$3,574,782-24%3,0200$1,184$42,102,2522Warner Bros.
8Friends With Benefits$1,410,346-22%2,398-528$588$48,526,2873Sony / Screen Gems
9Horrible Bosses$1,361,451-27%2,025-485$672$105,125,4155Warner Bros. / New Line
10Transformers: Dark of the Moon$973,893-22%1,854-750$525$344,244,4866Paramount / DreamWorks
11Zookeeper$627,589-28%1,724-694$364$73,613,5405Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$437,753-9%926-837$473$184,807,3307Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$317,2444%716-916$443$24,440,6284Disney
4Kung Fu Panda 2$151,543-24%290-29$523$162,695,95711Paramount / DreamWorks
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$112,181-33%327-85$343$65,426,9698Fox
6X-Men: First Class$91,870-39%236-18$389$145,292,35110Fox
7Bad Teacher$86,823-38%350-415$248$97,513,9677Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part II$85,840-26%303-43$283$253,589,16311Warner Bros.
9The Tree of Life$84,149-21%170-26$495$12,158,11911Fox Searchlight
10Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$60,448-17%11623$521$1,015,4704Fox Searchlight
12Super 8$48,040-30%174-151$276$125,316,7999Paramount
13Rio (2011)$43,351-21%139-35$312$143,323,28117Fox
14Larry Crowne$42,365-39%229-106$185$35,398,4856Universal
15Monte Carlo$33,449-35%141-27$237$22,516,0996Fox
17Green Lantern$30,881-27%108-27$286$114,570,3848Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$190,638-17%6734$2,845$1,279,8913Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$82,401-2%490$1,682$10,798,27218Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Devil's Double$65,832-12%3328$1,995$342,1512Lionsgate
4Another Earth$57,947-13%5535$1,054$452,7793Fox Searchlight
5The Future$29,256-15%1817$1,625$130,2712Roadside Attractions
6Attack the Block$25,119-16%80$3,140$295,8312Sony / Screen Gems
7Fast Five$18,065-24%86-39$210$209,805,00515Universal
8A Better Life$12,484-31%74-34$169$1,664,3397Summit
9Gun Hill Road$11,137-10%3--$3,712$37,9631Motion Film Group
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$8,814-14%88-73$100$14,959,1599Relativity Media
11Project Nim$8,487-7%210$404$270,1235Roadside Attractions
1335 and Ticking$2,980-29%53$596$106,33912Image Entertainment
14Singham$1,63320%9-30$181$345,1253Reliance Big Pictures
15Delhi Belly$1,278-44%6-1$213$1,531,7576UTV Communications
16Everything Must Go$928-39%80$116$2,699,83113Roadside Attractions
17Submarine$912-24%10-9$91$459,23510Weinstein Company
18The Last Mountain$514-41%31$171$115,97710Dada Films
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2209%20$110$233,83847Collective Eye
20The Conspirator$9678%2-1$48$11,531,99717Roadside Attractions