Grosses

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Holds Onto First Place on Thursday with $2.57M; 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' #2 with $2.32MAugust 22, 2014 12:56 PM

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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Apr. 15 - Sun, Apr. 17

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beetlejuice$7,145,123-18%1,58259$4,517$23,843,7223Warner Bros.
2Biloxi Blues$3,413,880-24%1,308-22$2,610$20,996,3804Universal
3Return to Snowy River$3,023,248--1,121--$2,697$3,023,2481Disney
4Moonstruck$2,900,25359%1,02540$2,830$47,865,68418MGM
5The Seventh Sign$2,784,019-11%1,198-60$2,324$9,673,8243TriStar
6Bad Dreams$2,239,963-44%1,1855$1,890$6,248,8332Fox
7Good Morning, Vietnam$2,084,727-12%1,128-176$1,848$75,400,08717Disney
8Bright Lights, Big City$1,898,023-39%1,103-96$1,721$10,111,8773MGM/UA
9The Fox and the Hound (1988 re-issue)$1,597,482-38%1,5396$1,038$12,993,3314Disney
10Johnny Be Good$1,112,598-31%1,052-112$1,058$10,926,2174Orion