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, Dec. 9 - Sun, Dec. 11

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Disclosure$10,068,126--1,675--$6,011$10,068,1261Warner Bros.
2The Santa Clause$8,883,136-22%2,38148$3,731$77,170,7715Disney
3Drop Zone$6,143,566--2,020--$3,041$6,143,5661Paramount
4Star Trek: Generations$2,877,922-51%2,245-436$1,282$45,020,9734Paramount
5Junior$2,716,240-47%1,78738$1,520$17,670,1904Universal
6A Low Down Dirty Shame$2,463,637-48%1,244-135$1,980$15,200,4973Disney
7Interview with the Vampire$2,216,367-57%2,0860$1,062$72,925,5665Warner Bros.
8The Lion King$2,211,922-29%1,57416$1,405$152,620,80625Disney
9Miracle on 34th Street (1994)$1,464,634-27%1,25536$1,167$10,034,0784Fox
10Trapped in Paradise$1,274,213-54%1,274-12$1,000$4,018,8662Fox