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, Jul. 28 - Sun, Jul. 30

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waterworld$21,171,780--2,268--$9,335$21,171,7801Universal
2The Net$10,037,745--1,906--$5,266$10,037,7451Sony / Columbia
3Apollo 13$9,225,169-26%2,3471$3,931$127,008,1035Universal
4Clueless$7,020,878-34%1,922269$3,653$17,633,3212Paramount
5Nine Months$6,522,152-34%1,79545$3,634$28,868,1173Fox
6Operation Dumbo Drop$6,392,155--2,145--$2,980$6,392,1551Disney
7Under Siege 2: Dark Territory$4,835,466-47%2,1500$2,249$26,575,2573Warner Bros.
8Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home$4,626,595-34%2,301370$2,011$11,666,2032Warner Bros.
9Pocahontas$3,655,759-36%1,693-768$2,159$76,411,3066Disney
10Species$3,506,661-51%1,942-368$1,806$37,856,9594MGM/UA