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. 28 - Sun, Dec. 30

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Home Alone$25,148,406143%2,14133$11,746$103,454,4457Fox
2The Godfather Part III$13,552,868--1,901--$7,129$19,940,6401Paramount
3Dances with Wolves$11,898,621101%1,26915$9,376$45,342,9276Orion
4Kindergarten Cop$10,965,90738%1,92212$5,705$27,102,3752Universal
5Edward Scissorhands$9,263,51354%1,10922$8,353$21,762,2614Fox
6Three Men and a Little Lady$7,215,698105%1,5780$4,573$45,167,7376Disney
7Misery$6,057,44847%1,3299$4,558$31,369,8105Columbia
8Look Who's Talking Too$5,947,50040%1,6259$3,660$14,048,1403TriStar
9The Bonfire of the Vanities$5,065,41120%1,39522$3,631$9,281,4742Warner Bros.
10The Rescuers Down Under$3,724,444144%1,4870$2,505$17,478,1237Disney