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. 5 - Sun, Jul. 7

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Independence Day$50,227,694--2,882--$17,428$96,101,9921Fox
2The Nutty Professor (1996)$17,488,840-31%2,13823$8,180$42,900,6322Universal
3Phenomenon$16,158,901--1,637--$9,871$16,158,9011Disney
4The Hunchback of Notre Dame$8,892,937-38%2,83557$3,137$44,240,7273Disney
5Eraser$8,790,009-49%2,5560$3,439$50,521,9993Warner Bros.
6The Rock$6,384,912-42%2,137-272$2,988$110,307,7705Disney
7Striptease$4,816,615-61%1,9799$2,434$17,138,6842Sony / Columbia
8Twister (1996)$2,740,227-43%1,877-441$1,460$137,318,2759Warner Bros.
9Mission: Impossible$2,344,159-51%1,747-465$1,342$169,012,5777Paramount
10The Cable Guy$1,704,761-65%2,042-548$835$54,351,5934Sony / Columbia