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, Jul. 27 - Sun, Jul. 29

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Presumed Innocent$11,718,981--1,349--$8,687$11,718,9811Warner Bros.
2Ghost$11,074,738-12%1,694294$6,538$35,789,5733Paramount
3Problem Child$10,026,900--1,714--$5,850$10,026,9001Universal
4Arachnophobia$8,162,0341%1,831352$4,458$16,207,7942Disney
5Die Hard 2: Die Harder$5,953,068-41%2,116-209$2,813$52,229,2744Fox
6The Freshman$4,222,4001951%1,0401034$4,060$4,428,2762TriStar
7The Jungle Book (re-issue) (1990)$4,016,178-34%1,795-128$2,237$17,779,7343Disney
8Navy Seals$3,338,964-49%1,3476$2,479$9,882,7962Orion
9Days of Thunder$3,267,823-41%1,991-196$1,641$43,171,9065Paramount
10Dick Tracy$1,751,976-44%1,223-449$1,433$64,525,8227Disney