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. 15 - Sun, Jun. 17

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lara Croft, Tomb Raider$47,735,743--3,308--$14,430$47,735,7431Paramount
2Atlantis: The Lost Empire$20,342,1056083%3,0113009$6,756$20,671,1161Disney
3Shrek$13,181,745-20%3,317-398$3,974$197,528,7355DreamWorks
4Swordfish$12,725,519-30%2,68810$4,734$22,633,1942Warner Bros.
5Pearl Harbor$9,859,120-33%3,140-115$3,140$160,361,9924Disney
6Evolution$6,614,603-51%2,6132$2,531$25,563,3182DreamWorks
7The Animal$5,804,106-40%2,741-47$2,118$16,253,1573Sony / Columbia
8Moulin Rouge!$5,030,270-34%2,084-199$2,414$36,630,0003Fox
9What's the Worst That Could Happen?$3,007,054-45%1,927-748$1,560$9,199,9973MGM
10The Mummy Returns$2,701,414-43%1,777-763$1,520$193,482,6027Universal