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, Jan. 22 - Sun, Jan. 24

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Varsity Blues$10,574,508-30%2,339218$4,521$12,885,8022Paramount
2Patch Adams$8,101,351-33%2,90916$2,785$108,586,3635Universal
3A Civil Action$7,648,388-26%2,02625$3,775$22,952,8203Disney
4The Thin Red Line$5,794,840-41%1,53810$3,768$7,729,3945Fox
5Stepmom$5,146,032-34%2,3580$2,182$78,561,3985Sony / TriStar
6At First Sight$4,787,150-43%1,83824$2,605$13,231,4712MGM
7You've Got Mail$4,112,471-38%2,331-223$1,764$100,844,5456Warner Bros.
8The Prince of Egypt$3,926,713-16%2,001-214$1,962$87,326,4816DreamWorks
9Virus$3,012,430-50%2,015-3$1,495$9,026,0702Universal
10In Dreams$2,701,193-41%1,68212$1,606$8,161,0452DreamWorks