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. 1 - Sun, Aug. 3

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Wedding$33,370,256--3,172--$10,520$33,370,2561Universal
2Spy Kids 3D: Game Over$19,500,260-42%3,36420$5,797$68,510,1232Miramax / Dimension
3Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$18,842,846-19%3,390-26$5,558$209,532,0484Disney
4Seabiscuit$17,637,175-15%2,421432$7,285$49,223,1352Universal
5Bad Boys II$12,735,546-42%3,022-180$4,214$111,346,5963Sony / Columbia
6Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life$11,339,558-48%3,2220$3,519$42,600,0162Paramount
7Finding Nemo$3,860,215-12%1,777-248$2,172$320,020,40910Disney
8Gigli$3,753,793--2,215--$1,695$3,753,7931Sony / Columbia
9The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen$3,267,468-36%2,007-525$1,628$58,955,2484Fox
10Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines$2,986,835-41%1,910-750$1,564$142,858,2535Warner Bros.