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, Aug. 7 - Sun, Aug. 9

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saving Private Ryan$17,398,618-26%2,59252$6,712$103,772,6583DreamWorks
2Snake Eyes$16,310,373--2,713--$6,012$16,310,3731Paramount
3Halloween: H20$16,187,724--2,607--$6,209$16,187,7241Miramax / Dimension
4There's Something About Mary$9,626,022-12%2,109-36$4,564$50,875,3554Fox
5The Parent Trap$8,127,121-27%2,402155$3,383$19,275,6182Disney
6Ever After: A Cinderella Story$7,694,677-10%2,067300$3,723$16,221,5812Fox
7The Negotiator$6,503,833-36%2,4360$2,670$16,722,6642Warner Bros.
8The Mask of Zorro$5,508,627-34%2,436-79$2,261$49,769,6434Sony / TriStar
9Armageddon$5,318,807-30%2,123-368$2,505$118,391,2426Disney
10Lethal Weapon 4$4,739,997-39%2,329-273$2,035$81,448,1185Warner Bros.