'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, Aug. 9 - Sun, Aug. 11

Wide (1000+)

1Hot Shots!$8,010,411-26%1,96839$4,070$18,858,5932Fox
2Double Impact$7,574,703--1,735--$4,366$7,574,7031Columbia
3Terminator 2: Judgment Day$6,725,670-22%2,389-106$2,815$159,168,3936TriStar
4Doc Hollywood$6,230,395-14%1,5750$3,956$13,482,2492Warner Bros.
5Pure Luck$5,010,810--1,561--$3,210$5,010,8101Universal
6Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves$2,518,742-24%1,343-206$1,875$90,798,6329Warner Bros.
7101 Dalmatians (Re-issue) (1991)$2,462,898-32%1,742-59$1,414$29,481,2325Disney
8Regarding Henry$1,841,330-36%1,0900$1,689$21,181,5245Paramount
9City Slickers$1,808,803-29%1,140-232$1,587$71,067,77210Columbia
10Delirious (1991)$1,803,059--1,142--$1,579$1,803,0591MGM