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. 16 - Sun, Aug. 18

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tin Cup$10,128,834--2,012--$5,034$10,128,8341Warner Bros.
2Jack$8,622,852-23%2,172462$3,970$19,814,3482Disney
3A Time to Kill$8,122,960-24%2,3130$3,512$46,964,2214Warner Bros.
4The Fan (1996)$6,271,406--2,016--$3,111$6,271,4061Sony / TriStar
5Independence Day$5,811,876-33%2,257-332$2,575$266,965,9747Fox
6Escape From L.A.$4,247,255-52%2,3120$1,837$13,159,8122Paramount
7Matilda$3,009,427-40%2,0060$1,500$16,232,0733Sony / TriStar
8Alaska$2,914,992--1,566--$1,861$2,914,9921Sony / Columbia
9Tales From the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood$2,634,170--1,694--$1,555$2,634,1701Universal
10Phenomenon$2,631,759-34%1,774-312$1,484$55,307,4857Disney