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.

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rules of Engagement$10,933,627-27%3,19035$3,427$30,599,1642Paramount
228 Days$10,310,672--2,523--$4,087$10,310,6721Sony / Columbia
3Keeping the Faith$8,078,671--2,152--$3,754$8,078,6711Disney
4Erin Brockovich$7,029,877-28%3,07066$2,290$99,319,3945Universal
5The Road to El Dorado$6,156,564-32%3,2230$1,910$33,045,0063DreamWorks
6Return to Me$5,008,744-36%2,320313$2,159$15,253,9272MGM
7American Psycho$4,961,015--1,236--$4,014$4,961,0151Lionsgate
8The Skulls$4,023,725-38%2,409-7$1,670$25,722,0953Universal
9Final Destination$3,049,212-20%1,509-505$2,021$29,474,2295New Line
10Ready to Rumble$2,685,718-49%2,5850$1,039$9,151,6212Warner Bros.