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, Aug. 18 - Sun, Aug. 20

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Cell$17,515,050--2,411--$7,265$17,515,0501New Line
2Space Cowboys$9,476,221-27%2,8350$3,343$53,788,0893Warner Bros.
3The Replacements$7,215,305-35%2,7540$2,620$23,408,1592Warner Bros.
4What Lies Beneath$6,758,132-31%2,760-165$2,449$123,411,6855DreamWorks
5Nutty Professor II: The Klumps$6,307,740-38%2,969-282$2,125$104,294,7534Universal
6Hollow Man$6,010,644-54%2,9560$2,033$61,579,4063Sony / Columbia
7Autumn in New York$5,548,412-50%2,28227$2,431$16,535,4182MGM
8Coyote Ugly$5,023,192-36%2,539-125$1,978$30,189,5683Disney
9Bless the Child$4,837,688-49%2,521-3$1,919$14,251,3722Paramount
10Godzilla 2000$4,407,720--2,111--$2,088$4,407,7201Sony / TriStar