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. 19 - Sun, Mar. 21

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of the Dead (2004)$26,722,051--2,745--$9,735$26,722,0511Universal
2The Passion of the Christ$19,415,866-40%3,25029$5,974$295,508,7434Newmarket
3Taking Lives$11,459,036--2,705--$4,236$11,459,0361Warner Bros.
4Starsky & Hutch$10,393,072-35%3,1850$3,263$67,464,1143Warner Bros.
5Secret Window$9,265,038-49%3,0180$3,070$32,776,6062Sony / Columbia
6Hidalgo$8,415,465-29%2,929-136$2,873$48,417,6463Disney
7Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind$8,174,110--1,353--$6,041$8,174,1101Focus
8Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London$6,030,308-25%2,9730$2,028$17,325,2192MGM
950 First Dates$4,184,766-23%2,153-433$1,944$113,079,9256Sony / Columbia
10Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen$1,560,502-37%1,281-520$1,218$27,592,0805Disney