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, Jun. 16 - Sun, Jun. 18

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shaft$21,714,757--2,337--$9,292$21,714,7571Paramount
2Gone in 60 Seconds$14,895,742-41%3,04943$4,885$52,079,5212Disney
3Big Momma's House$11,685,471-32%2,843-11$4,110$71,229,0823Fox
4Mission: Impossible II$11,361,815-34%3,633-36$3,127$176,582,2254Paramount
5Titan A.E.$9,376,845--2,734--$3,430$9,376,8451Fox
6Boys and Girls$7,008,950--1,983--$3,535$7,008,9501Miramax / Dimension
7Dinosaur$5,863,092-34%2,938-337$1,996$72,584,2335Disney
8Gladiator (2000)$5,362,166-24%2,266-440$2,366$158,991,3057DreamWorks
9Shanghai Noon$3,792,622-36%2,126-625$1,784$48,006,9174Disney
10Road Trip$3,091,918-37%2,151-435$1,437$60,178,5775DreamWorks