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, May. 1 - Sun, May. 3

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Basic Instinct$4,042,520-25%1,846-20$2,190$83,607,0617TriStar
2White Men Can't Jump$2,794,422-38%1,679-156$1,664$45,689,1296Fox
3Beethoven$2,582,400-49%1,920-18$1,345$27,229,7605Universal
4Split Second$2,250,000--1,085--$2,074$2,250,0001Interstar
5Folks!$2,177,518--1,402--$1,553$2,177,5181Fox
6Wayne's World$1,612,350-31%1,257-145$1,283$69,043,25112Paramount
7Sleepwalkers$1,578,691-50%1,513-340$1,043$19,930,2244Columbia
8White Sands$1,486,262-53%1,2761$1,165$4,637,8912Warner Bros.
9The Babe$1,352,860-55%1,564-4$865$9,374,6253Universal
10Ferngully: The Last Rainforest$1,321,673-53%1,519-49$870$10,974,8654Fox