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, Dec. 15 - Sun, Dec. 17

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Christmas Vacation$7,233,119-22%1,950206$3,709$28,282,7723Warner Bros.
2The War of the Roses$6,975,488-26%1,395136$5,000$16,464,2822Fox
3Back to the Future Part II$4,408,951-37%2,02337$2,179$75,535,5824Universal
4The Little Mermaid$2,522,362-9%1,249250$2,020$23,733,5315Disney
5The Wizard$2,142,525--1,155--$1,855$2,142,5251Universal
6Family Business$2,130,024--1,201--$1,774$2,130,0241TriStar
7Steel Magnolias$2,094,664-31%1,10270$1,901$22,452,3085TriStar
8We're No Angels$2,047,630--1,239--$1,653$2,047,6301Paramount
9Harlem Nights$1,724,761-41%1,324-856$1,303$37,078,8715Paramount
10She-Devil$1,644,289-53%1,42320$1,156$5,153,9362Orion