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, Jul. 25 - Sun, Jul. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Spy Kids 3D: Game Over$33,417,739--3,344--$9,993$33,417,7391Miramax / Dimension
2Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$23,135,956-32%3,41657$6,773$176,840,6183Disney
3Bad Boys II$22,050,693-53%3,20216$6,887$88,502,5612Sony / Columbia
4Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life$21,783,591--3,222--$6,761$21,783,5911Paramount
5Seabiscuit$20,854,521--1,989--$10,485$20,854,5211Universal
6The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen$5,071,723-50%2,532-470$2,003$52,927,1513Fox
7Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines$5,064,000-46%2,660-744$1,904$137,461,1004Warner Bros.
8Finding Nemo$4,391,162-40%2,025-455$2,168$313,118,4009Disney
9Johnny English$4,326,809-53%2,2360$1,935$18,433,6142Universal
10Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde$2,706,027-56%2,120-1085$1,276$82,172,9794MGM