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, Apr. 24 - Sun, Apr. 26

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Big Hit$10,809,424--2,149--$5,030$10,809,4241Sony / Columbia
2City of Angels$9,010,662-27%2,433104$3,704$36,711,9043Warner Bros.
3The Object of My Affection$5,161,304-47%1,96373$2,629$14,887,1592Fox
4Titanic$4,938,097-33%2,912-100$1,696$560,606,28619Paramount
5Paulie$4,382,191-18%1,757204$2,494$10,789,0352DreamWorks
6Lost in Space$4,012,765-46%2,917-389$1,376$45,014,9874New Line
7The Odd Couple II$2,447,913-35%1,8520$1,322$11,033,5483Paramount
8Mercury Rising$2,158,180-42%1,769-444$1,220$21,449,5254Universal
9Scream 2$1,790,792--1,769--$1,012$70,529,4718Miramax / Dimension
10Species II$1,573,525-61%1,777-733$885$12,860,5423MGM