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. 31 - Sun, Aug. 2

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Death Becomes Her$12,110,355--1,409--$8,595$12,110,3551Universal
2Honey, I Blew Up the Kid$6,486,942-25%2,42953$2,671$26,183,1133Disney
3Mo' Money$6,137,902-50%1,70516$3,600$18,523,3172Columbia
4A League of Their Own$5,422,724-26%2,0840$2,602$52,653,6305Sony / Columbia
5Buffy the Vampire Slayer$4,515,541--1,959--$2,305$4,515,5411Fox
6Sister Act$3,963,566-11%1,888-45$2,099$73,897,00810Disney
7Boomerang$2,804,650-27%1,501-328$1,869$42,261,5645Paramount
8Unlawful Entry$2,551,411-23%1,420-29$1,797$31,791,1526Fox
9Universal Soldier$2,187,255-35%1,689-236$1,295$21,214,7944TriStar
10Batman Returns$1,746,765-38%1,405-401$1,243$153,732,9667Warner Bros.