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, Dec. 7 - Sun, Dec. 9

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ocean's Eleven$38,107,570--3,075--$12,393$38,107,5701Warner Bros.
2Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$14,737,696-38%3,6720$4,014$239,706,3044Warner Bros.
3Behind Enemy Lines (2001)$8,042,492-57%2,84474$2,828$31,181,9682Fox
4Monsters, Inc.$6,597,540-28%2,884-506$2,288$212,389,0876Disney
5Spy Game$4,473,386-59%2,7700$1,615$53,946,8353Universal
6Black Knight$3,154,034-43%2,233-301$1,412$27,061,4713Fox
7Shallow Hal$2,576,428-43%2,217-211$1,162$64,785,0075Fox
8Out Cold (2001)$1,396,665-49%1,651-360$846$12,240,3923Disney
9Domestic Disturbance$922,279-52%1,471-379$627$34,893,8596Paramount
10Life as a House$639,486-42%1,068118$599$11,200,6197New Line