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, Sep. 29 - Sun, Oct. 1

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Remember the Titans$20,905,831--1,865--$11,210$20,905,8311Disney
2The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen$7,205,523-12%1,150486$6,266$15,381,1892Warner Bros.
3Almost Famous$5,570,441-20%1,635442$3,407$14,811,5543DreamWorks
4Urban Legends: Final Cut$4,406,105-48%2,5390$1,735$12,911,6182Sony / Columbia
5Bring It On$3,008,222-30%2,4669$1,220$59,692,7276Universal
6The Watcher$2,280,991-38%2,636-141$865$26,011,8004Universal
7Nurse Betty$2,072,981-37%1,489-2$1,392$21,314,4804USA Films
8Bait$1,731,888-49%2,010-342$862$10,583,1533Warner Bros.
9What Lies Beneath$1,644,682-25%1,674-145$982$150,594,80011DreamWorks
10Space Cowboys$1,402,641-35%2,006-164$699$85,100,8339Warner Bros.