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. 25 - Sun, Sep. 27

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rush Hour$21,202,929-36%2,6435$8,022$54,204,7322New Line
2Ronin$12,697,641--2,487--$5,106$12,697,6411MGM
3Urban Legend$10,515,444--2,257--$4,659$10,515,4441Sony / TriStar
4One True Thing$4,438,980-33%1,62636$2,730$11,045,4352Universal
5There's Something About Mary$4,430,566-21%2,471-67$1,793$94,892,98611Fox
6Saving Private Ryan$2,511,665-26%2,203-308$1,140$181,829,41910DreamWorks
7Rounders$2,364,717-50%2,188-3$1,081$15,555,0403Miramax
8Blade$2,009,627-38%2,232-143$900$40,693,6106New Line
9Ever After: A Cinderella Story$1,315,700-26%1,627-217$809$40,313,0319Fox
10Armageddon$951,613-24%1,128-131$844$134,187,60013Disney