Grosses

'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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Aug. 16 - Sun, Aug. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$25,010,000--2,933--$8,527$25,010,0001Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$17,780,000-33%3,32565$5,347$69,513,4852Warner Bros. / New Line
3Elysium$13,600,000-54%3,2840$4,141$55,914,3062Sony / TriStar
4Kick-Ass 2$13,568,000--2,940--$4,615$13,568,0001Universal
5Planes$13,141,000-41%3,71614$3,536$45,090,8682Disney
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,375,000-42%3,08049$2,719$38,903,6582Fox
7Jobs$6,700,000--2,381--$2,814$6,700,0001Open Road
82 Guns$5,572,000-50%2,471-557$2,255$59,221,3453Universal
9The Smurfs 2$4,600,000-51%2,349-1518$1,958$56,912,1893Sony / Columbia
10The Wolverine$4,425,000-45%2,058-809$2,150$120,458,1564Fox
11The Conjuring$3,910,000-41%2,001-649$1,954$127,862,8705Warner Bros. / New Line
12Despicable Me 2$3,781,000-36%1,818-577$2,080$345,987,1207Universal
13Paranoia$3,500,000--2,459--$1,423$3,500,0001Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$1,750,000-52%1,241-861$1,410$127,435,4306Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Jasmine$2,359,3951%229110$10,303$9,489,9764Sony Pictures Classics
2Turbo$1,025,000-56%759-1012$1,350$77,604,2805Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The Heat$880,000-55%691-660$1,274$155,471,6328Fox
4Chennai Express$842,000-62%190-6$4,432$3,963,2002UTV Motion Pictures
5Pacific Rim$725,000-53%444-536$1,633$98,401,4676Warner Bros.
6Red 2$720,000-63%715-859$1,007$50,994,8915Lionsgate / Summit
7The Way, Way Back$680,000-54%457-323$1,488$17,793,2407Fox Searchlight
8Fruitvale Station$513,000-64%477-351$1,075$14,632,5776Weinstein Company
9Monsters University$444,000-35%281-124$1,580$261,117,6049Disney
10World War Z$434,000-34%307-198$1,414$198,300,1339Paramount
11R.I.P.D.$232,000-49%203-275$1,143$32,436,3255Universal
12The Lone Ranger$228,000-22%184-77$1,239$87,712,9717Disney
13Star Trek Into Darkness$194,000-33%210-46$924$227,161,53214Paramount
14Now You See Me$150,0004%134-9$1,119$115,996,02712Lionsgate / Summit
15Fast & Furious 6$88,800-40%141-50$630$238,447,06513Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$418,98957%5536$7,618$1,080,9163A24
2In a World...$230,510227%3734$6,230$334,0672Roadside Attractions
320 Feet from Stardom$115,983-40%95-17$1,221$4,078,72810RADiUS-TWC
4Austenland$42,633--4--$10,658$42,6331Sony Pictures Classics
5Lovelace$37,800-80%48-70$788$316,9572RADiUS-TWC
6The Attack$34,510-61%30-15$1,150$1,441,1439Cohen Media Group
7Ain't Them Bodies Saints$28,800--3--$9,600$28,8001IFC Films
8I'm So Excited$23,642-54%31-21$763$1,274,0808Sony Pictures Classics
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$22,575-44%36-17$627$4,219,47211Roadside Attractions
10Tiny Times 2$22,000--6--$3,667$22,0001China Lion Film
11Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$21,500-65%32-45$672$32,219,1757Lionsgate / Summit
12Cutie and the Boxer$21,093--3--$7,031$21,0931RADiUS-TWC
13You Will Be My Son$15,469--1--$15,469$15,4691Cohen Media Group
14Mud$14,600-55%28-16$521$21,567,39517Roadside Attractions
15The Artist and the Model$9,406-49%50$1,881$67,0883Cohen Media Group
16Spark: A Burning Man Story$9,100--2--$4,550$9,1001Paladin / Film Buff
17Only God Forgives$8,698-41%16-1$544$765,3685RADiUS-TWC
18The Patience Stone$7,363--2--$3,682$9,7371Sony Pictures Classics
19The Bling Ring$5,296-69%18-22$294$5,824,03610A24
20Stuck in Love$3,066--5--$613$76,4057Millennium Entertainment
21Inch'Allah$3,000--1--$3,000$454,7901eOne Films US