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, Jan. 6 - Sun, Jan. 8

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dumb and Dumber$9,177,151-22%2,53562$3,620$25,540,5934New Line
2Disclosure$7,261,884-38%2,082-86$3,488$44,805,6495Warner Bros.
3Houseguest$5,831,302--1,238--$4,710$5,831,3021Disney
4Nell$4,613,817-22%1,201323$3,842$13,771,7164Fox
5The Jungle Book (1994)$4,495,094-56%2,01231$2,234$19,811,7223Disney
6I.Q.$3,718,257-42%1,4121$2,633$13,229,0693Paramount
7Richie Rich$3,652,279-47%1,76113$2,074$3,652,2794Warner Bros.
8The Santa Clause$2,092,714-74%2,002-293$1,045$106,126,5209Disney
9Speechless$2,002,893-46%1,4040$1,427$13,045,1024MGM
10Drop Zone$1,632,512-52%1,224-538$1,334$18,369,2865Paramount