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, Aug. 25 - Sun, Aug. 27

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Uncle Buck$6,725,275-24%1,83531$3,665$15,519,7762Universal
2Parenthood$6,380,724-16%1,38468$4,610$53,706,0544Universal
3The Abyss$4,734,287-34%1,525-13$3,104$21,267,1863Fox
4When Harry Met Sally...$4,056,399-17%1,17127$3,464$40,259,4367Columbia
5Lethal Weapon 2$3,335,582-26%1,560-24$2,138$82,964,6888Warner Bros.
6Turner & Hooch$3,021,348-29%1,551-43$1,948$34,364,3995Disney
7Casualties of War$2,866,498-45%1,4870$1,928$8,067,7592Columbia
8Batman (1989)$2,598,002-24%1,302-98$1,995$233,654,67310Warner Bros.
9Honey, I Shrunk the Kids$1,736,256-20%1,18931$1,460$67,862,87910Disney
10A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child$1,696,495-53%1,114-732$1,523$13,395,9913New Line