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, Sep. 3 - Sun, Sep. 5

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hero (2002)$8,808,661-51%2,09261$4,211$32,530,1062Miramax
2Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid$8,008,188-37%2,9050$2,757$23,860,7732Sony / Screen Gems
3Paparazzi$7,855,111--2,115--$3,714$7,855,1111Fox
4The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement$7,537,330-7%3,139-192$2,401$85,500,0504Disney
5Without a Paddle$7,087,731-17%2,75626$2,572$37,927,3483Paramount
6Wicker Park$6,819,393--2,598--$2,625$6,819,3931MGM
7Collateral$6,480,8010%2,348-380$2,760$88,899,8885DreamWorks
8Vanity Fair$6,268,925--1,051--$5,965$7,405,8181Focus
9The Cookout$6,219,794--1,303--$4,773$6,219,7941Lionsgate
10The Bourne Supremacy$5,314,11514%1,717-362$3,095$164,764,1207Universal