'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. 14 - Sun, Dec. 16

Wide (1000+)

1Vanilla Sky$25,015,518--2,742--$9,123$25,015,5181Paramount
2Ocean's Eleven$22,076,260-42%3,0750$7,179$72,304,2122Warner Bros.
3Not Another Teen Movie$12,615,837--2,365--$5,334$12,615,8371Sony / Columbia
4Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$9,919,596-33%3,422-250$2,899$253,409,8775Warner Bros.
5Behind Enemy Lines (2001)$5,415,222-33%2,792-52$1,940$38,814,9883Fox
6Monsters, Inc.$4,981,073-25%2,462-422$2,023$218,812,6267Disney
7Spy Game$2,464,887-45%2,503-267$985$57,826,6624Universal
8Black Knight$2,035,604-35%1,907-326$1,067$29,747,5484Fox
9Shallow Hal$1,493,912-42%1,767-450$845$66,968,6046Fox
10Out Cold (2001)$695,447-50%1,183-468$588$13,243,7904Disney