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, Apr. 19 - Sun, Apr. 21

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Scorpion King$36,076,354--3,444--$10,475$36,076,3541Universal
2Changing Lanes$11,068,372-35%2,64229$4,189$32,763,9012Paramount
3Murder by Numbers$9,307,635--2,663--$3,495$9,307,6351Warner Bros.
4The Rookie (2002)$6,451,836-20%2,507-13$2,574$53,832,5334Disney
5Panic Room$6,004,655-43%2,825-294$2,126$84,422,6864Sony / Columbia
6Ice Age$5,902,948-31%2,820-191$2,093$159,628,3226Fox
7The Sweetest Thing$5,105,243-46%2,6700$1,912$16,912,5882Sony / Columbia
8High Crimes$3,923,069-48%2,409-338$1,629$30,907,5223Fox
9Clockstoppers$2,826,455-39%2,188-324$1,292$31,850,6654Paramount
10Frailty$2,165,374-49%1,4970$1,446$7,624,8592Lionsgate