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. 30 - Sun, Sep. 1

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Signs$13,440,774-6%3,437-16$3,911$191,979,7655Disney
2XXX$13,109,119-1%3,53619$3,707$123,878,3884Sony / Columbia
3My Big Fat Greek Wedding$11,100,76453%1,619290$6,857$65,373,70920IFC Films
4fear dot com$7,087,457--2,550--$2,779$7,087,4571Warner Bros.
5Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams$6,110,883-19%3,250-57$1,880$68,169,5654Miramax / Dimension
6Blue Crush$5,569,455-15%2,820-195$1,975$34,710,9973Universal
7Austin Powers in Goldmember$5,537,8590%2,506-299$2,210$201,499,2246New Line
8Road to Perdition$3,529,98430%1,763-100$2,002$99,340,6998DreamWorks
9Serving Sara$3,422,431-41%2,17420$1,574$10,984,1652Paramount
10Undisputed$3,219,495-29%1,11715$2,882$9,088,8492Miramax