'Guardians of the Galaxy' #1 on Monday with $1.66MAugust 26, 2014 12:42 PM

by Daniel Garris

Guardians of the Galaxy continued to lead the way on Monday with $1.66 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Disney and Marvel was down 66 percent from Sunday and down 42 percent from last Monday. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed a massive $253.12 million in 25 days. That currently ranks the film as the third highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically (behind only Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Lego Movie). Guardians of the Galaxy is now just $6.65 million away from surpassing Captain America: The Winter Soldier for first place.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles claimed second place with $1.29 million. Paramount's successful franchise re-launch fell 74 percent from Sunday and 54 percent from last Monday. Grosses in general were down significantly from last Monday, as the end of the summer season approaches closer. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a big way with $146.83 million through 18 days of release. That leaves the film just $3.17 million away from reaching the $150 million domestic milestone.

Warner's If I Stay placed in third with $1.27 million. The low-budget drama starring Chloë Grace Moretz fell 61 percent from Sunday, which represented one of the day's stronger daily percentage holds among wide releases. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of pre-release expectations with a four-day start of $16.95 million. That places the film a slim 1 percent behind the $17.17 million four-day start of last year's Carrie.

Let's Be Cops followed in fourth place with $1.03 million. Fox's low-budget action-comedy fell 65 percent from Sunday and a significant 51 percent from last Monday. Let's Be Cops has grossed a very solid $46.09 million through 13 days of release, especially with its price tag in mind. The film is currently running 21 percent behind the recent $58.59 million 13-day take of Tammy.

The Weinstein Company's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For rounded out the day's top five with $0.616 million. While the graphic novel adaptation sequel was down just 60 percent from Sunday, in the larger picture the film continues to disappoint in a very big way with a four-day start of only $6.93 million. That is well below all expectations and is 78 percent softer than the $31.12 million four-day take of 2005's Sin City.

Fellow new release When the Game Stands Tall placed in eighth with $0.562 million. The low-budget sports drama from Sony was down a sharp 73 percent from Sunday. When the Game Stands Tall has grossed a modest $8.94 million in four days, which is just under pre-release expectations.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Aug. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bourne Legacy$3,164,525-27%3,745--$845$49,508,9051Universal
2The Campaign$2,679,409-22%3,205--$836$35,845,1471Warner Bros.
3The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,303,636--2,551--$903$2,303,6360Disney
4The Dark Knight Rises$2,137,123-20%3,690-552$579$396,743,7024Warner Bros.
5Hope Springs (2012)$1,627,164-22%2,3610$689$24,394,6861Sony / Columbia
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,035,774-31%3,40110$305$34,011,4622Fox
7Total Recall (2012)$953,685-27%3,6010$265$47,375,2262Sony / Columbia
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$810,816-28%2,847-695$285$146,456,0675Fox
9Ted (2012)$388,555-22%1,943-642$200$211,142,4207Universal
10Step Up Revolution$334,287-32%1,898-708$176$31,453,4193Lionsgate / Summit
11The Amazing Spider-Man$262,987-34%1,395-821$189$256,422,2406Sony / Columbia
12The Watch$254,967-31%2,008-1160$127$32,326,5383Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ek Tha Tiger$209,008--118--$1,771$209,0080Yash Raj Films
2Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$141,863-13%8000$177$2,644,5181ARC Entertainment
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$98,278-4%282-36$349$7,451,2007Fox Searchlight
4Moonrise Kingdom$96,066-4%447-240$215$42,362,84812Focus
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$68,078-31%306-198$222$211,917,40010Paramount / DreamWorks
6Magic Mike$67,235-20%450-752$149$112,452,6787Warner Bros.
7Ruby Sparks$59,552-22%252188$236$1,436,7413Fox Searchlight
8The Intouchables$56,743-8%1940$292$9,463,58312Weinstein Company
9The Hunger Games$44,602-13%260-31$172$407,436,80221Lionsgate
10Snow White and the Huntsman$38,220-7%270-39$142$154,413,72011Universal
12The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$28,564-7%167-63$171$45,457,14015Fox Searchlight
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$24,286-18%364-373$67$64,822,6187Lionsgate
14Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$23,374-26%202-75$116$25,156,1726Paramount
16Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$12,645-17%130-35$97$37,220,6708Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$52,672-9%520$1,013$7,451,58117Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$17,6852%330$536$20,538,88371Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Safety Not Guaranteed$10,66325%73-48$146$3,631,18810FilmDistrict
4Dark Shadows$3,670-7%45-87$82$79,722,91214Warner Bros.
5Easy Money (2012)$2,097-16%71$300$149,9195Weinstein Company
6Rock of Ages$2,034-9%57-88$36$38,515,9939Warner Bros. / New Line
7A Cat In Paris$718-38%12-2$60$290,56011GKIDS
8For Greater Glory$611-5%10-24$61$5,670,88411ARC Entertainment
9Mirror Mirror$356-7%456$8$64,934,73420Relativity Media