'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, Dec. 11 - Sun, Dec. 13

Wide (1000+)

1Star Trek: Insurrection$22,052,836--2,620--$8,417$22,052,8361Paramount
2A Bug's Life$11,194,178-35%2,74847$4,074$83,489,9983Disney
3Jack Frost$7,104,125--2,152--$3,301$7,104,1251Warner Bros.
4Enemy of the State$6,657,177-31%2,51759$2,645$54,478,7544Disney
5The Rugrats Movie$4,533,571-41%2,706-126$1,675$60,497,4504Paramount
6The Waterboy$4,432,731-32%2,610-168$1,698$104,098,8176Disney
7Psycho (1998)$3,770,835-62%2,48912$1,515$13,802,6852Universal
8Meet Joe Black$1,679,920-31%1,872-316$897$32,774,5105Universal
9Babe: Pig in the City$1,655,380-30%2,237-150$740$10,193,0853Universal
10Very Bad Things$863,891-43%1,008-252$857$5,628,3633PolyGram