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. 12 - Sun, May. 14

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gladiator (2000)$24,644,272-29%2,9435$8,374$73,659,8412DreamWorks
2Battlefield Earth$11,548,898--3,307--$3,492$11,548,8981Warner Bros.
3U-571$5,738,954-26%2,820119$2,035$57,831,4374Universal
4Frequency$4,925,766-24%2,470-161$1,994$20,464,8493New Line
5The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas$4,640,709-30%3,12574$1,485$24,412,7823Universal
6Center Stage$4,604,621--1,506--$3,058$4,604,6211Sony / Columbia
7Where the Heart Is$4,001,707-22%2,411-28$1,660$17,407,7523Fox
8Screwed$3,340,499--1,759--$1,899$3,340,4991Universal
9Love & Basketball$1,942,129-38%1,047-145$1,855$22,432,8344New Line
10Keeping the Faith$1,893,018-32%1,596-418$1,186$32,271,2445Disney