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. 3 - Sun, Sep. 5

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sixth Sense$22,897,69114%2,77512$8,251$169,230,5135Disney
2Runaway Bride$8,610,28726%3,10515$2,773$135,337,8046Paramount
3The 13th Warrior$6,601,306-36%2,3137$2,854$20,388,3012Disney
4Bowfinger$5,824,024-12%2,702-30$2,155$54,302,7574Universal
5Chill Factor$5,810,531--2,558--$2,272$5,810,5311Warner Bros.
6Mickey Blue Eyes$5,513,8132%2,230-343$2,473$27,368,3683Warner Bros.
7The Thomas Crown Affair$4,697,6612%1,977-118$2,376$55,947,4055MGM
8The Muse$3,452,346-12%1,262-1$2,736$8,341,1142October
9Outside Providence$3,370,662--1,050--$3,210$3,937,9441Miramax
10The Blair Witch Project$3,350,886-21%2,297-55$1,459$86,381,4416Artisan