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, Sep. 4 - Sun, Sep. 6

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saving Private Ryan$8,825,0909%2,80733$3,144$167,078,8767DreamWorks
2There's Something About Mary$8,810,2095%2,545144$3,462$84,575,3898Fox
3Blade$8,561,089-22%2,37524$3,605$36,560,9213New Line
4Knock Off$5,516,231--1,800--$3,065$5,516,2311Sony / Columbia
5Ever After: A Cinderella Story$4,348,41915%1,99989$2,175$34,922,1946Fox
654$4,025,576-39%1,86910$2,154$10,637,1082Miramax
7Why Do Fools Fall in Love?$3,540,408-10%1,3778$2,571$7,486,7902Warner Bros.
8Snake Eyes$3,331,861-7%1,912-331$1,743$36,901,8615Paramount
9The Parent Trap$3,202,7089%2,0454$1,566$34,963,7376Disney
10How Stella Got Her Groove Back$3,019,496-17%1,340-43$2,253$32,048,1604Fox