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, Aug. 14 - Sun, Aug. 16

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unforgiven$11,374,480-24%2,08716$5,450$33,782,8162Warner Bros.
2Single White Female$10,212,401--1,744--$5,856$10,212,4011Columbia
3Death Becomes Her$5,902,215-24%1,754300$3,365$25,827,8203Universal
43 Ninjas$4,630,243-21%1,95442$2,370$10,519,1632Disney
5A League of Their Own$3,822,246-9%1,888-100$2,024$60,691,0617Sony / Columbia
6Stay Tuned$3,532,540--1,605--$2,201$3,532,5401Warner Bros.
7Raising Cain$3,412,985-45%1,69837$2,010$9,616,8202Universal
8Honey, I Blew Up the Kid$2,500,121-24%1,781-343$1,404$31,965,5585Disney
9Sister Act$2,442,393-13%1,362-230$1,793$79,159,31112Disney
10Mo' Money$2,311,217-32%1,410-271$1,639$24,256,3364Columbia