'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 Thu, Nov. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$1,679,992-16%3,8410$437$153,720,8212Disney
2The Best Man Holiday$1,416,800-15%2,024--$700$37,869,5901Universal
3Last Vegas$622,318-16%3,237155$192$49,525,7493CBS Films
4Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$399,546-20%3,1903$125$92,000,7654Paramount
5Gravity$378,356-18%2,560-160$148$242,197,6047Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$367,271-14%1,411267$260$26,593,3125Fox Searchlight
7Free Birds$298,578-2%3,510-226$85$43,293,8653Relativity Media
8Ender's Game$296,488-28%3,236-171$92$55,218,4733Lionsgate / Summit
9Captain Phillips$284,311-18%2,626-20$108$98,884,4686Sony / Columbia
10About Time$211,335-25%1,28080$165$12,573,0583Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$71,870-10%1,645-191$44$113,365,4258Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$165,013-5%184149$897$3,686,9013Focus
2All Is Lost$79,805-15%48384$165$4,580,8385Roadside Attractions
3Enough Said$38,912-6%393-36$99$16,745,1619Fox Searchlight
4Escape Plan$28,512-45%687-362$42$24,325,5825Lionsgate / Summit
5The Counselor$27,073-28%481-541$56$16,734,8354Fox
6Carrie (2013)$24,997-41%933-579$27$35,195,3665Sony / Screen Gems
7Despicable Me 2$19,825-7%305-5$65$366,031,95520Universal
8Prisoners$18,834-16%355130$53$60,675,6679Warner Bros.
9We're the Millers$16,361-7%303-55$54$150,094,12915Warner Bros. / New Line
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$10,7349%176-38$61$115,513,93714Weinstein Company
11Rush (2013)$9,855-16%131-33$75$26,947,6249Universal
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$7,63612%215-1$36$67,955,92315Fox
13Insidious Chapter 2$3,624-36%167-62$22$83,206,92210FilmDistrict
14Baggage Claim$2,813-8%108-27$26$21,481,3038Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$29,729-15%2925$1,025$697,8602Fox
2Nebraska$11,957-3%4--$2,989$189,6131Paramount Vantage
3I'm in Love with a Church Girl$7,79461%55-19$142$2,329,2165High Top Releasing
4Don Jon$6,823-8%48-44$142$24,226,1108Relativity Media
5Diana$4,680-31%83-17$56$323,5813eOne Films US
6The Wolverine$3,13017%65-12$48$132,493,79917Fox
7Runner Runner$2,660-10%76-43$35$19,297,5137Fox
8Pulling Strings$2,520-5%760$33$5,842,9617Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Family (2013)$2,25414%30-27$75$36,656,59710Relativity Media
10Turbo$1,72710%53-9$33$82,937,16118Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Romeo and Juliet (2013)$1,552-56%298$54$1,150,5256Relativity Media
12Reaching for the Moon$1,532-1%20$766$36,8162Wolfe Releasing
13Instructions Not Included$1,413-22%47-5$30$44,247,17712Lionsgate / Pantelion
14In a World...$987-6%9-9$110$2,948,37615Roadside Attractions
15Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$898503%1-2$898$29,8634Cinepix
16The Heat$759-11%27-1$28$159,548,30921Fox
17The World's End$6622%8-1$83$25,991,82313Focus
18Grace Unplugged$267-52%29-8$9$2,500,6487Roadside Attractions
19The Spectacular Now$197-28%8-4$25$6,850,91716A24
20Big Sur$14554%1-4$145$34,1573Ketchup Entertainment