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, Apr. 2 - Sun, Apr. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cop and a Half$6,027,285--1,603--$3,760$6,027,2851Universal
2The Adventures of Huck Finn$5,033,029--1,786--$2,818$5,033,0291Disney
3The Crush$5,024,976--1,759--$2,857$5,024,9761Warner Bros.
4Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III$4,688,034-37%2,0870$2,246$24,513,0963New Line
5Born Yesterday$3,665,874-38%1,3014$2,818$9,577,2172Disney
6Point of No Return$3,610,965-34%1,6590$2,177$16,280,1853Warner Bros.
7Jack the Bear$2,219,891--1,065--$2,084$2,219,8911Fox
8Groundhog Day$2,014,102-33%1,629-97$1,236$60,414,1698Columbia
9Fire in the Sky$1,388,922-42%1,257-178$1,105$13,926,4664Paramount
10Hear No Evil$1,256,993-52%1,4322$878$3,898,4672Fox