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. 18 - Sun, Aug. 20

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mortal Kombat$23,283,887--2,421--$9,617$23,283,8871New Line
2Dangerous Minds$10,144,833-32%1,554206$6,528$25,076,3362Disney
3A Walk in the Clouds$7,532,989-21%1,750216$4,305$17,058,9992Fox
4Something to Talk About$5,592,813-31%1,7870$3,130$24,815,6723Warner Bros.
5Waterworld$5,308,605-38%2,413-7$2,200$48,535,5604Universal
6Babe$5,146,290-23%1,7903$2,875$20,607,9553Universal
7The Net$3,703,848-28%1,805-222$2,052$26,484,8684Sony / Columbia
8Apollo 13$3,601,751-28%1,819-307$1,980$153,580,0598Universal
9The Baby-Sitters Club$3,418,908--1,709--$2,001$3,418,9081Sony / Columbia
10A Kid in King Arthur's Court$2,306,294-47%1,8620$1,239$6,621,6042Disney