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, Jun. 28 - Sun, Jun. 30

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear$20,817,139--2,378--$8,754$20,817,1391Paramount
2Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves$13,054,762-29%2,3690$5,511$56,970,0293Warner Bros.
3City Slickers$8,937,449-17%2,10843$4,240$43,998,7064Columbia
4The Rocketeer$7,209,752-25%1,903287$3,789$16,810,5062Disney
5Dying Young$4,685,751-52%1,5520$3,019$14,411,6362Fox
6Backdraft$3,630,565-20%1,829-121$1,985$44,617,4276Universal
7Thelma and Louise$2,220,944-15%1,081-85$2,055$20,619,7056MGM
8Soapdish$2,022,494-26%1,229-46$1,646$19,107,8295Paramount
9What About Bob?$1,895,621-35%1,471-236$1,289$39,931,9967Disney
10Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead$1,713,381-39%1,442-257$1,188$12,144,7494Warner Bros.