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, Oct. 5 - Sun, Oct. 7

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marked for Death$10,517,430--1,968--$5,344$10,517,4301Fox
2Pacific Heights$5,619,898-19%1,2835$4,380$12,532,5352Fox
3Ghost$5,275,106-3%1,7660$2,987$101,941,52413Paramount
4Goodfellas$5,165,085-12%1,32837$3,889$17,415,4133Warner Bros.
5Postcards from the Edge$3,281,654-20%1,321-2$2,484$21,579,7564Columbia
6Flatliners$1,406,221-16%1,306-129$1,077$38,447,8339Columbia
7Narrow Margin$1,374,186-30%1,238-15$1,110$6,960,6853TriStar
8Desperate Hours (1990)$1,367,657--1,033--$1,324$1,367,6571MGM
9Funny About Love$1,185,303-28%1,039-174$1,141$5,868,8273Paramount
10I Come in Peace$870,934-54%1,040-1$837$2,783,3552Triumph