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, Oct. 25 - Sun, Oct. 27

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sleepers$9,605,059-22%2,080165$4,618$21,910,8042Warner Bros.
2High School High$6,311,786--2,146--$2,941$6,311,7861Sony / TriStar
3Stephen King's Thinner$5,679,046--2,009--$2,827$5,679,0461Paramount
4The Ghost and the Darkness$4,390,078-42%2,20248$1,994$21,113,0693Paramount
5The First Wives Club$4,380,111-35%2,4060$1,820$65,492,0166Paramount
6The Associate$4,261,304--1,781--$2,393$4,261,3041Disney
7The Long Kiss Goodnight$3,673,909-44%2,302-102$1,596$19,281,2373New Line
8That Thing You Do!$2,050,606-47%1,586-293$1,293$17,055,0704Fox
9D3: The Mighty Ducks$1,655,851-54%1,817-243$911$15,615,3724Disney
10The Chamber$1,269,070-58%1,826-206$695$9,908,8503Universal