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NORTH AMERICA: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' #1 on Monday with $1.66M on August 26, 2014

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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.

NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Leads with $17.2M; 'If I Stay' #3 with Solid $15.7M; 'When the Game Stands Tall' #5 with Modest $8.4M; 'Sin City' Sequel Tanks with $6.3M on August 25, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Guardians of the Galaxy claimed first place this weekend with $17.20 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 32 percent from last weekend. Guardians of the Galaxy surpassed the $250 million mark this weekend and has grossed $251.46 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 $16.73 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 $145.54 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 $15.68 million. The low-budget drama starring Chloë Grace Moretz opened on the low end of pre-release expectations and performed fairly well with its cost in mind. If I Stay opened slightly below 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 $6.83 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.1 million from late night shows on Thursday), fell 18 percent on Saturday to take in $5.62 million and fell 42 percent on Sunday to gross $3.23 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at just 2.30 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 $10.81 million. Fox's low-budget action-comedy held up well in its second weekend, as it was down 39 percent from last weekend. Let's Be Cops has grossed $45.06 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 $8.38 million. The low-budget drama from TriStar and AFFIRM Films opened just below pre-release expectations and 14 percent below the $9.78 million start of Draft Day earlier this year. When the Game Stands Tall opened with $2.95 million on Friday, increased 15 percent on Saturday to gross $3.38 million and declined 39 percent on Sunday to gross $2.05 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.84 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 eighth place start of just $6.32 million. The graphic novel adaptation sequel from The Weinstein Company 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 declined 27 percent on Sunday to gross $1.56 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.41 to 1. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For received a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore.

The Expendables 3 and The Giver claimed sixth and seventh place with respective weekend takes of $6.49 million and $6.43 million. The two films were separated by just $51,145 for the frame. The Expendables 3 fell a sharp 59 percent from last weekend, while The Weinstein Company's The Giver was down a reasonable 48 percent. Respective ten-day totals stand at a very disappointing $27.40 million for The Expendables 3 and at a solid $23.80 million for The Giver.

'Lucy' Outsmarts the Competition with $34M Overseas Haul; 'Guardians' Continues to Grow on August 24, 2014

lucy.pngLucy brought in $34 million over the weekend, crossing the $100 million milestone overseas. The Luc Besson action flick has now scored $103 million outside of North America and $226.6 million worldwide.

Guardians of the Galaxy put up more big numbers in its fourth frame overseas. The film earned $20.7 million from 66 territories en route to a $237.6 million overseas cume. Guardians has grossed $489.4 million globally thanks to top markets like the UK ($37.1M) and Russia ($34M).

How to Train Your Dragon 2 soared above the $400 million overseas mark after putting up an $18.2 million weekend from 27 markets. The sequel is on pace to become the 19th highest grossing animated title of all time at the overseas box office. A $402.4 million overseas cume has lifted the sequel's global total up to $574.4 million.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles inches one step closer to the $100 million overseas mark after putting up a $15.5 million weekend from 35 territories. The film has grossed $93.2 million outside of North America and $238.8 million worldwide.

Into the Storm caught $8.8 million from 43 markets to take its overseas cume to $30.3 million. The natural disaster flick has grossed $68.6 million globally.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes collected $8.5 million from 41 markets to reach a $353 million overseas cume. The film has grossed $557 million worldwide with a Chinese release still on the schedule.

A $5.4 million weekend brings the overseas total of Transformers: Age of Extinction up to $821.3 million. The Transformers sequel is currently playing in 44 territories and has grossed a whopping total of $1.065 billion globally.

The Fault in our Stars continues its steady earnings around the world, registering a $5.3 million from 19 markets in its latest overseas tally. The film has grossed a total of $156.6 million outside of North America and $280.9 million worldwide.

Step Up All In pulled in $5.3 million from 44 markets to take its overseas tally over the $50 million mark. The film has grossed a total of $53.5 million outside of North America and $67.1 million worldwide.

Hercules took the #1 spot in a $4.2 million Mexican debut to account for more than half of this weekend's $8.2 million overseas tally from 29 territories. The film has now grossed a total of $90.7 million outside of North America and $160.6 million worldwide.

Sex Tape uncovered $3.7 million this weekend, including a $740k bow from Brazil. The raunchy comedy has grossed a total of $38.9 million overseas and continues to struggle worldwide with a $76.8 million global cume.

Deliver Us From Evil collected $3.3 million from 37 markets to raise its overseas cume up to $17.9 million. The film has grossed $48.4 million worldwide.

22 Jump Street added $2.8 million from 32 markets and reached an $118.1 million overseas cume. The comedy has grossed $308.2 million worldwide.

Neighbors has held up well all summer long, registering a $1.4 million take in its latest overseas tally. The comedy has now grossed a total of $116.5 million overseas and $266.5 million worldwide.

Let's Be Cops brought in $1.3 million from 12 markets, taking its overseas tally up to $2.4 million. The film has grossed $47.6 million worldwide.

 

NORTH AMERICA: Studio Estimates: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Leads with $17.6M; 'If I Stay' #3 with Solid $16.4M; 'When the Game Stands Tall' #5 with Modest $9.0M; 'Sin City' Sequel Tanks with $6.5M on August 23, 2014

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Sunday Update: Disney's 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.

Saturday Update: Warner Bros. reports that If I Stay grabbed $6.83 million on Friday, including Thursday's $1.1 million sneaks. That's a healthy start for the young adult adaptation and sets it up nicely for a weekend around $17 million. If I Stay's opening day was 44 percent higher than The Giver's last week, and just 12 percent behind August 2009's The Time Traveler's Wife. The film's CinemaScore was a solid "A-", while Flixster users are more middling at 75 percent.

The race for first place could be a close one, though. Disney/Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy slipped just 30 percent from last Friday to $4.83 million yesterday, taking second place. The flick boasts $239.1 million in the domestic bank so far, and it will overtake Transformers: Age of Extinction on Saturday to become the summer's highest grossing film. The pic is also an impressive 12 percent ahead of the pace of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. BoxOffice projects a $17.2 million return to first place for Guardians' fourth weekend.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was no slouch itself on its third Friday, dropping a healthy 43 percent from last Friday to $4.54 million. The reboot has claimed $133.35 million to date, 19 percent ahead of the pace of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. BoxOffice projects $16.1 million for its third frame.

When the Game Stands Tall earned $3 million yesterday, 44 percent behind the opening day take of 2006's Invincible. BoxOffice projects a $9.5 million opening weekend.

Meanwhile, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was dead on arrival Friday. The nine-years-in-the-making sequel took in $2.62 million on Friday after an already disappointing $480,000 Thursday night start. The opening day figure is 55 percent lower than last year's Kick-Ass 2, and puts the film on course for an opening frame around $6 million. For reference, the original Sin City took in $11.8 million on opening day alone in its April 2005 debut. Early fan word of mouth appears mixed with a 76 percent Flixster score, comparable to 300: Rise of an Empire's 73 percent one day after release.

Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice that If I Stay is pacing for an opening day around $5 million. If that holds, an opening weekend in the $13-14 million range is likely.

Meanwhile, When the Game Stands Tall is performing on par with expectations around a $3.5 million Friday. That would likely get the film over $10 million for the weekend.

The news isn't improving for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. After alarmingly low Thursday night numbers, sources report that the sequel may net around $4 million today. If that holds, a sub-$10 million weekend remains very likely (possibly closer to $9 million).

Friday Report #1: Warner Bros. reports that If I Stay bowed to a healthy $1.1 million gross from Thursday shows starting at 7pm. Previously, Fandango reported the adaptation was leading all films in pre-weekend ticket sales in what's shaping up to be a chase for first place.

Appropriate comparisons would seem to be The Fault In Our Stars ($8.2 million Thursday opening) and Divergent ($4.9 million), however, those films were more likely to be front-loaded given their dedicated fan base and pre-release hype. A fair comparison may be that of the Carrie remake, also starring Chloe Grace Moretz, which opened to $0.73 million on Thursday as part of its $16.1 million opening weekend. Additionally, last week's The Giver earned $0.75 million as part of a $12.3 million frame.

Meanwhile, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opened soft last night with $0.48 million. The nine-year wait for the sequel undoubtedly tempered excitement outside the fanboy crowd. By comparison, last August's Kick-Ass 2 pulled $1.3 million from Thursday 8pm shows and went on to a disappointing $13.3 million weekend. A sub-$10 million weekend for the Sin City sequel looks likely.

When the Game Stands Tall earned $0.425 million last night, slightly more than Draft Day's $0.31 million earlier this year. The film could end up around $10 million this weekend.

NORTH AMERICA: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Holds Onto First Place on Thursday with $2.57M; 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' #2 with $2.32M on August 22, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took in $2.57 million on Thursday to continue to lead the daily box office. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel has led the daily box office for three of the past four days. Guardians of the Galaxy was down just 2 percent from Wednesday and down a very solid 39 percent from last Thursday. The film placed in second for the week with $36.71 million. That was down 42 percent from the previous frame and brings the three-week total for the film to a very impressive $234.25 million. Guardians of the Galaxy will likely reach the $250 million domestic milestone on either Sunday or Monday.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held steady in second place with $2.32 million. Paramount's high-profile franchise re-launch was down 4 percent from Wednesday and down 46 percent from last Thursday. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the week's top film with a weekly take of $39.57 million. That represented a 56 percent decline from the film's first week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a significantly stronger than expected $128.81 million.

Let's Be Cops took in $1.65 million to remain in third. Fox's low-budget action-comedy fell 6 percent from Wednesday and 48 percent from last Thursday. Let's Be Cops placed in third for the week with $25.84 million and has grossed $34.25 million in nine days. While the film is performing towards the lower end of pre-release expectations thus far, it is performing well with its price-tag in mind.

The Weinstein Company's The Giver claimed fourth with $1.06 million. The modestly budgeted young adult sci-fi adaptation decreased 5 percent from Wednesday. The Giver placed in fifth for the week with a seven-day start of $17.37 million. That was on the low end of expectations, but was 20 percent stronger than the $14.43 million seven-day take of last year's The Host.

Lionsgate's The Expendables 3 rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.01 million. The third installment of the ensemble action franchise starring Sylvester Stallone was down 7 percent from Wednesday. The Expendables 3 landed in fourth this week with a seven-day start of $20.92 million. That was softer than expected and a disappointing 46 percent below the $38.81 million seven-day take of 2012's The Expendables 2.


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