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, Mar. 7 - Sun, Mar. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bringing Down the House$31,101,191--2,801--$11,104$31,101,1911Disney
2Tears of the Sun$17,055,910--2,973--$5,737$17,055,9101Sony / Columbia
3Old School$9,189,504-35%2,707-35$3,395$50,769,4763DreamWorks
4Chicago$6,844,634-13%2,600153$2,633$114,442,75211Miramax
5How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days$6,689,028-35%2,897-26$2,309$86,885,9015Paramount
6Cradle 2 the Grave$6,535,846-60%2,6250$2,490$26,882,4022Warner Bros.
7Daredevil$5,215,376-53%2,778-456$1,877$91,536,7934Fox
8The Jungle Book 2$4,256,942-39%2,553-261$1,667$39,522,1534Disney
9Shanghai Knights$2,688,254-47%1,905-610$1,411$54,747,1145Disney
10The Life of David Gale$2,124,235-53%1,872-131$1,135$17,110,9253Universal