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. 30 - Sun, Sep. 1

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Crow: City of Angels$8,273,728--2,423--$3,415$8,273,7281Miramax / Dimension
2Tin Cup$7,216,198-16%2,10218$3,433$25,955,7733Warner Bros.
3A Time to Kill$7,088,00515%2,132-50$3,325$60,195,0376Warner Bros.
4The Island of Dr. Moreau$6,460,769-29%2,0394$3,169$15,562,7562New Line
5First Kid$6,447,462--1,878--$3,433$6,447,4621Disney
6Jack$5,868,6241%2,222-10$2,641$31,469,8434Disney
7A Very Brady Sequel$4,912,023-30%2,1470$2,288$11,964,0682Paramount
8Independence Day$4,367,440-8%2,195-189$1,990$280,770,6219Fox
9The Fan (1996)$2,506,322-24%1,521-495$1,648$12,089,7683Sony / TriStar
10Alaska$1,678,412-12%1,252-314$1,341$6,495,9593Sony / Columbia