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, Sep. 13 - Sun, Sep. 15

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Barbershop$20,627,433--1,605--$12,852$20,627,4331MGM
2My Big Fat Greek Wedding$10,772,1464%1,76469$6,107$97,004,30322IFC Films
3One Hour Photo$8,007,283432%1,2121039$6,607$14,568,8844Fox Searchlight
4SwimFan$6,051,361-47%2,8604$2,116$19,683,1322Fox
5Stealing Harvard$6,041,443--2,366--$2,553$6,041,4431Sony / Columbia
6Signs$5,405,020-31%3,051-181$1,772$213,032,4077Disney
7City by the Sea$4,862,639-46%2,5750$1,888$16,656,6672Warner Bros.
8XXX$3,309,029-36%2,771-317$1,194$135,396,2566Sony / Columbia
9Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams$2,742,641-9%2,493-328$1,100$77,358,3546Miramax / Dimension
10Austin Powers in Goldmember$1,854,216-32%1,811-291$1,024$209,182,6898New Line