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, Jul. 10 - Sun, Jul. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lethal Weapon 4$34,048,124--3,117--$10,923$34,048,1241Warner Bros.
2Armageddon$23,557,064-35%3,1369$7,512$77,760,0652Disney
3Small Soldiers$14,046,977--2,539--$5,532$14,046,9771DreamWorks
4Doctor Dolittle (1998)$12,877,547-35%2,869-2$4,489$61,567,5223Fox
5Mulan$7,024,607-39%2,756-197$2,549$58,264,1194Disney
6Madeline$6,414,668--1,863--$3,443$6,414,6681Sony / TriStar
7The X-Files$3,871,766-38%1,909-693$2,028$74,547,1834Fox
8Out of Sight$3,813,425-42%1,981-131$1,925$22,412,3353Universal
9Six Days, Seven Nights$3,695,598-36%1,961-518$1,885$44,268,8145Disney
10The Truman Show$3,576,418-40%2,186-570$1,636$82,061,9236Paramount