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, Nov. 19 - Sun, Nov. 21

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1National Treasure$35,143,366--3,017--$11,648$35,143,3661Disney
2The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie$32,018,493--3,212--$9,968$32,018,4931Paramount
3The Incredibles$26,524,565-47%3,683-250$7,202$177,556,4173Disney
4The Polar Express$15,668,556-33%3,6500$4,293$51,467,2422Warner Bros.
5Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason$10,044,58016%2,4501920$4,100$21,511,9262Universal
6After the Sunset$5,075,005-54%2,8190$1,800$19,094,4912New Line
7Ray$4,565,276-46%2,027-447$2,252$59,192,0394Universal
8The Grudge$3,811,445-46%2,112-704$1,805$104,424,0325Sony / Columbia
9Seed of Chucky$3,241,211-63%2,0621$1,572$13,463,9672Rogue
10Saw$2,882,585-55%1,679-788$1,717$50,356,6924Lionsgate