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, Dec. 5 - Sun, Dec. 7

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Flubber$11,292,933-58%2,65312$4,257$47,185,5142Disney
2Alien Resurrection$6,660,086-60%2,44934$2,720$32,449,0402Fox
3The Rainmaker (1997)$5,656,333-47%2,36928$2,388$26,897,9623Paramount
4Anastasia$5,093,749-57%2,496-15$2,041$31,156,9733Fox
5The Jackal$4,006,115-47%2,30974$1,735$35,760,2804Universal
6Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil$2,946,639-45%1,262182$2,335$13,507,4023Warner Bros.
7Mortal Kombat: Annihilation$2,609,157-62%2,1400$1,219$26,170,3333New Line
8I Know What You Did Last Summer$1,346,415-29%1,319-46$1,021$54,141,9738Sony / Columbia
9Bean$1,308,701-56%1,797-36$728$34,146,6408Gramercy
10Starship Troopers$1,264,603-54%1,854-543$682$52,922,4535Sony / TriStar