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, Sep. 1 - Sun, Sep. 3

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Uncle Buck$7,822,64016%1,832-3$4,270$23,342,4163Universal
2Parenthood$6,074,938-5%1,3906$4,370$62,684,0845Universal
3The Abyss$5,532,13517%1,5327$3,611$26,799,3214Fox
4When Harry Met Sally...$4,849,36420%1,149-22$4,221$45,108,8008Columbia
5Lethal Weapon 2$4,659,65440%1,61353$2,889$87,624,3429Warner Bros.
6Turner & Hooch$3,840,10027%1,536-15$2,500$38,204,4996Disney
7Batman (1989)$2,866,28310%1,34442$2,133$237,887,28611Warner Bros.
8Honey, I Shrunk the Kids$2,739,30758%1,25768$2,179$70,602,18611Disney
9Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade$2,701,555272%1,049618$2,575$135,314,75415Paramount
10Casualties of War$2,326,728-19%1,482-5$1,570$10,394,4873Columbia