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. 31 - Sun, Apr. 2

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Erin Brockovich$13,798,834-26%2,90857$4,745$75,812,8303Universal
2The Road to El Dorado$12,846,274--3,218--$3,992$12,846,2741DreamWorks
3The Skulls$11,036,838--2,412--$4,576$11,036,8381Universal
4Romeo Must Die$9,378,376-48%2,6410$3,551$38,846,5362Warner Bros.
5High Fidelity$6,429,107--1,183--$5,435$6,429,1071Disney
6American Beauty$5,407,27934%1,990328$2,717$109,943,86729DreamWorks
7Final Destination$5,355,284-26%2,314-273$2,314$22,589,9463New Line
8Mission to Mars$3,324,853-42%2,505-596$1,327$54,675,8144Disney
9Here on Earth$2,262,462-50%1,7131$1,321$8,230,5202Fox
10Whatever It Takes$2,237,341-45%2,2720$985$6,341,6392Sony / Columbia