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. 3 - Sun, Oct. 5

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kiss the Girls$13,215,167--2,271--$5,819$13,215,1671Paramount
2Soul Food$8,358,379-25%1,35014$6,191$19,556,2762Fox
3The Peacemaker$8,167,876-34%2,40139$3,402$24,197,8532DreamWorks
4In & Out$7,722,423-31%2,373105$3,254$33,967,7083Paramount
5The Edge$5,014,817-35%2,3555$2,129$12,748,2622Fox
6L.A. Confidential$4,707,6516%1,625801$2,897$14,341,2993Warner Bros.
7The Game$2,910,604-42%2,365-156$1,231$31,295,6134PolyGram
8U Turn$2,730,440--1,230--$2,220$2,730,4401Sony / TriStar
9Wishmaster$1,539,866-51%1,727-775$892$10,712,5903Live
10Air Force One$756,084-38%1,094-446$691$168,999,56911Sony / Columbia