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. 5 - Sun, Jul. 7

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Terminator 2: Judgment Day$31,765,218--2,274--$13,969$52,306,7151TriStar
2The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear$11,628,880-44%2,3780$4,890$32,446,0192Paramount
3Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves$10,343,849-21%2,3690$4,366$67,313,8784Warner Bros.
4City Slickers$8,200,660-8%2,17163$3,777$52,199,3665Columbia
5Problem Child 2$5,372,880--1,464--$3,670$5,372,8801Universal
6The Rocketeer$5,284,370-27%1,886-17$2,802$22,094,8763Disney
7Dying Young$3,177,101-32%1,522-30$2,087$17,588,7373Fox
8Backdraft$2,810,610-23%1,503-326$1,870$47,428,0377Universal
9Soapdish$2,637,75930%1,080-149$2,442$21,745,5886Paramount
10What About Bob?$1,427,486-25%1,4710$970$41,359,4828Disney