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, Apr. 30 - Sun, May. 2

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Entrapment$20,145,595--2,814--$7,159$20,145,5951Fox
2The Matrix$8,716,419-31%2,9030$3,003$129,718,2805Warner Bros.
3Life$6,481,175-42%2,61316$2,480$38,153,9453Universal
4Never Been Kissed$4,072,477-32%2,481-19$1,641$30,335,1664Fox
5Analyze This$2,175,397-30%2,128-2$1,022$74,872,4019Warner Bros.
610 Things I Hate About You$1,811,809-33%2,020-215$897$21,642,3026Disney
7Idle Hands$1,807,181--1,611--$1,122$1,807,1811Sony / Columbia
8Lost and Found (1999)$1,254,596-59%2,4690$508$4,279,3052Warner Bros.
9Pushing Tin$1,250,045-65%1,2841$974$4,805,0772Fox
10Go$1,152,271-43%1,419-144$812$10,898,2074Sony / Columbia