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, Nov. 9 - Sun, Nov. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters, Inc.$45,550,753-27%3,26932$13,934$122,150,3862Disney
2Shallow Hal$22,517,869--2,770--$8,129$22,517,8691Fox
3The One (2001)$9,102,150-52%2,8940$3,145$31,914,0232Sony / Columbia
4Domestic Disturbance$8,640,422-38%2,9100$2,969$22,673,5342Paramount
5Heist$7,823,521--1,891--$4,137$7,823,5211Warner Bros.
6K-PAX$6,388,715-37%2,58136$2,475$40,446,6073Universal
7Thirteen Ghosts$4,445,351-44%2,351-430$1,891$27,486,2163Warner Bros.
8Life as a House$3,818,623553%1,2881200$2,965$4,697,3943New Line
9Riding in Cars with Boys$2,105,466-48%2,182-372$965$22,577,8624Sony / Columbia
10Training Day$2,023,429-34%1,407-398$1,438$55,476,2516Warner Bros.