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, May. 5 - Sun, May. 7

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gladiator (2000)$34,818,920--2,938--$11,851$34,818,9201DreamWorks
2U-571$7,766,591-36%2,70185$2,875$49,591,8843Universal
3The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas$6,634,850-37%3,05111$2,175$18,642,5522Universal
4Frequency$6,513,499-28%2,63110$2,476$15,539,0832New Line
5Where the Heart Is$5,113,106-38%2,4392$2,096$13,406,0452Fox
6Love & Basketball$3,135,694-39%1,192-53$2,631$19,737,8413New Line
7Keeping the Faith$2,780,907-38%2,014-157$1,381$29,476,4604Disney
8Rules of Engagement$2,445,265-47%2,261-766$1,081$54,085,2375Paramount
9I Dreamed of Africa$2,411,445--2,112--$1,142$2,411,4451Sony / Columbia
1028 Days$2,354,619-41%2,413-110$976$32,044,9664Sony / Columbia