Guardians of the Galaxy claimed first place this weekend with an estimated $17.63 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel returned to first place after finishing in second each of the past two weekends. Guardians of the Galaxy held up extremely well this weekend, as it was down just 30 percent from last weekend. Guardians of the Galaxy surpassed the $250 million mark this weekend and has grossed $251.88 million in 24 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 set to move into first place for the year within the next week.
After leading the box office each of the past two weekends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fell to second with an estimated $16.8 million. Paramount's successful franchise re-launch was down a solid 41 percent from last weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a big way with $145.61 million through 17 days of release. The film will zoom past the $150 million domestic mark within the next week and should continue to further stabilize next weekend with help from the Labor Day holiday.
Warner's If I Stay debuted in third with an estimated $16.36 million. The low-budget drama starring Chloë Grace Moretz opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and performed well with its cost in mind. If I Stay opened slightly ahead of the $16.10 million debut of last year's Carrie, which also starred Moretz. Due in part to its different genre and in part to the limited amount of new wide releases over the next few weeks, If I Stay will hope to hold up better going forward than Carrie did. If I Stay opened with $6.82 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.1 million from late night shows on Thursday), fell 18 percent on Saturday to take in $5.61 million and is estimated to fall 30 percent on Sunday to gross $3.93 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.40 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed heavily towards female moviegoers (77 percent) and moviegoers under the age of 25 (61 percent). If I Stay received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.
Let's Be Cops followed in fourth with an estimated $11.0 million. Fox's low-budget action-comedy held up well in its second weekend, as it was down 38 percent from last weekend. Let's Be Cops has grossed $45.25 million in twelve days. That is in line with the lower end of expectations and places the film 21 percent behind the recent $56.99 million twelve-day take of Tammy. Let's Be Cops will likely continue to hold up well going forward thanks in part to no new comedies entering the marketplace the next few weeks.
Sony's When the Game Stands Tall rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $9.0 million. The low-budget drama from TriStar and AFFIRM Films opened on the low end of expectations. When the Game Stands Tall opened just below the $9.78 million start of Draft Day earlier this year. The film opened with $3.00 million on Friday, increased 20 percent on Saturday to gross $3.60 million and is estimated to decline 33 percent on Sunday to gross $2.40 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.00 to 1. When the Game Stands Tall received a promising A- rating on CinemaScore and will have a good chance of holding up well going forward.
Meanwhile, fellow new release Sin City: A Dame to Kill For absolutely stumbled out the gate this weekend with an extremely disappointing estimated eighth place start of just $6.48 million. The graphic novel adaptation sequel opened well below all expectations and a massive 78 percent below the $29.12 million start of 2005's Sin City (which didn't the advantage of higher priced 3D admissions). Unlike 300: Rise of an Empire earlier this year, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was unable to overcome the long gap in time between it and its predecessor. The film opened with $2.62 million on Friday, fell 18 percent on Saturday to take in $2.14 million and is estimated to decline 20 percent on Sunday to gross $1.71 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.47 to 1. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For received a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore.
The Giver and The Expendables 3 claimed sixth and seventh place with respective estimated takes of $6.73 million and $6.6 million. The Weinstein Company's The Giver was down a reasonable 45 percent from last weekend, while The Expendables 3 fell a sharp 58 percent. Respective ten-day totals stand at a solid $24.10 million for The Giver and at a very disappointing $27.52 million for The Expendables 3.