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, Mar. 24 - Sun, Mar. 26

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Erin Brockovich$18,546,122-34%2,8513$6,505$55,856,4162Universal
2Romeo Must Die$18,014,503--2,641--$6,821$24,582,9991Warner Bros.
3Final Destination$7,218,840-28%2,5870$2,790$17,234,6622New Line
4Mission to Mars$5,720,133-50%3,10141$1,845$49,234,2933Disney
5Here on Earth$4,510,705--1,712--$2,635$4,510,7051Fox
6Whatever It Takes$4,104,298--2,272--$1,806$4,104,2981Sony / Columbia
7American Beauty$4,024,98327%1,6621$2,422$101,751,35128DreamWorks
8My Dog Skip$3,058,430-42%2,3310$1,312$25,713,07611Warner Bros.
9The Cider House Rules$2,799,55613%1,671-67$1,675$36,874,28616Miramax
10The Whole Nine Yards$2,003,905-39%2,109-394$950$48,508,3876Warner Bros.