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, Feb. 9 - Sun, Feb. 11

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hard to Kill$9,213,631--1,301--$7,082$9,213,6311Warner Bros.
2Driving Miss Daisy$6,494,8828%1,302407$4,988$25,183,6469Warner Bros.
3Stella$3,650,726-15%1,213180$3,010$7,962,3822Disney
4Born on the Fourth of July$3,004,400-25%1,295-14$2,320$37,601,7676Universal
5Loose Cannons$2,239,830--1,214--$1,845$2,239,8301TriStar
6Tango & Cash$1,782,802-42%1,288-238$1,384$40,965,1728Warner Bros.
7The War of the Roses$1,732,715-33%1,054-378$1,644$56,976,79510Fox
8Steel Magnolias$1,606,880-20%1,328-41$1,210$48,488,21413TriStar
9Tremors$1,442,955-40%1,159-246$1,245$10,630,4204Universal
10The Little Mermaid$1,340,199-28%1,323-134$1,013$52,929,83213Disney