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. 12 - Sun, Mar. 14

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Passion of the Christ$32,130,341-40%3,22151$9,975$264,510,8023Newmarket
2Secret Window$18,238,545--3,018--$6,043$18,238,5451Sony / Columbia
3Starsky & Hutch$16,017,843-43%3,1850$5,029$51,501,1712Warner Bros.
4Hidalgo$11,861,353-37%3,0652$3,870$35,635,8042Disney
5Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London$8,014,637--2,973--$2,696$8,014,6371MGM
650 First Dates$5,425,455-29%2,586-454$2,098$106,702,7935Sony / Columbia
7Twisted$3,080,256-40%2,208-496$1,395$21,134,0853Paramount
8Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen$2,472,094-39%1,801-379$1,373$24,941,3514Disney
9The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$2,022,422-33%1,307-596$1,547$371,153,29313New Line
10Miracle$1,412,151-44%1,205-449$1,172$61,860,7216Disney