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, Nov. 11 - Sun, Nov. 13

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Interview with the Vampire$36,389,705--2,604--$13,975$36,389,7051Warner Bros.
2The Santa Clause$19,321,992--2,183--$8,851$19,321,9921Disney
3Stargate$8,107,032-34%2,0330$3,988$37,126,8283MGM/UA
4Pulp Fiction$4,104,099-20%1,404-90$2,923$32,637,3825Miramax
5Mary Shelley's Frankenstein$3,721,480-67%2,1770$1,709$14,934,3692Sony / TriStar
6The War$3,555,555-32%1,513358$2,350$8,758,8302Universal
7The Specialist$2,133,437-32%1,809-224$1,179$38,692,8826Warner Bros.
8Forrest Gump$1,539,975-22%1,167-176$1,320$186,915,68719Paramount
9The River Wild$1,378,260-36%1,209-353$1,140$32,759,2657Universal
10Love Affair$1,333,274-44%1,164-268$1,145$12,763,1334Warner Bros.