By Daniel Garris
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took in $6.67 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. Paramount's high-profile franchise re-launch was down 63 percent from Sunday's performance. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles surpassed the $70 million mark yesterday and has grossed a stronger than expected $72.25 million in four days. The film has already out-grossed the $54.15 million final domestic gross of 2007's TMNT and is currently running an impressive 18 percent ahead of the $61.12 million four-day start of 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy placed in second with $5.34 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation was down 58 percent from Sunday and down a respectable 54 percent from last Monday. Guardians of the Galaxy continues to exceed its lofty expectations with a very strong eleven-day take of $181.86 million. That places the film 12 percent ahead of the $162.35 million eleven-day take of Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year.
Warner's Into the Storm claimed third place with $1.70 million. The modestly budgeted disaster film fell 61 percent from Sunday's performance. Into the Storm continues to perform in line with expectations with a four-day take of $19.05 million and is set to surpass the $20 million mark today. The film is currently running 71.5 percent ahead of the $11.11 million four-day take of fellow disaster film Pompeii earlier this year.
The Hundred-Foot Journey took fourth place with $1.27 million. The modestly budgeted drama from Disney and DreamWorks starring Helen Mirren was down 58 percent from Sunday. The Hundred-Foot Journey has grossed $12.25 million in four days. That is in line with the film's modest expectations and places the film 8 percent ahead of the $11.33 million four-day start of Million Dollar Arm earlier this year.
Universal's Lucy followed closely behind in fifth with $1.23 million. The modestly budgeted sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson was down 56 percent from Sunday and down 47 percent from last Monday. Lucy has grossed $98.74 million in 18 days and is set to surpass the $100 million domestic mark either today or Wednesday.
Lionsgate's Step Up All In finished in sixth with $0.68 million. The fifth installment of the dance film franchise was down 55 percent from Sunday. Step Up All In has grossed a disappointing $7.15 million in four days, which places the film 46 percent behind the $13.20 million four-day start of 2012's Step Up Revolution.