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, Aug. 9 - Sun, Aug. 11

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1XXX$44,505,796--3,374--$13,191$44,505,7961Sony / Columbia
2Signs$29,454,659-51%3,31046$8,899$117,717,8382Disney
3Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams$16,711,918--3,307--$5,053$25,040,8401Miramax / Dimension
4Austin Powers in Goldmember$13,059,768-58%3,508-105$3,723$167,783,5673New Line
5Blood Work$7,313,095--2,525--$2,896$7,313,0951Warner Bros.
6The Master of Disguise$5,108,007-59%2,5683$1,989$23,762,1072Sony / Columbia
7Road to Perdition$4,204,499-36%2,211-121$1,902$84,280,6355DreamWorks
8Stuart Little 2$2,674,828-56%2,382-713$1,123$53,001,0604Sony / Columbia
9Men in Black II$2,056,489-57%2,076-826$991$186,457,6306Sony / Columbia
10K-19: The Widowmaker$908,941-68%1,781-853$510$32,916,4174Paramount