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. 6 - Sun, Aug. 8

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fugitive (1993)$23,758,855--2,340--$10,153$23,758,8551Warner Bros.
2Rising Sun$9,062,616-40%1,675165$5,411$24,258,5572Fox
3In the Line of Fire$5,809,774-27%1,925-204$3,018$77,350,9265Columbia
4Free Willy$5,440,156-23%1,847-90$2,945$29,013,9814Warner Bros.
5Jurassic Park$5,117,402-26%1,906-235$2,685$292,170,0439Universal
6The Firm$4,700,045-34%1,812-293$2,594$52,995,6956Paramount
7Robin Hood: Men in Tights$4,464,507-35%1,402139$3,184$11,306,3372Fox
8Sleepless in Seattle$3,652,362-25%1,408-50$2,594$49,071,6077TriStar
9The Meteor Man$2,643,091--1,060--$2,493$2,643,0911MGM
10Poetic Justice$2,102,095-58%1,170-115$1,797$18,851,7763Columbia