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, Jan. 14 - Sun, Jan. 16

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Coach Carter$24,182,960--2,524--$9,581$24,182,9601Paramount
2Meet the Fockers$22,514,650-21%3,55427$6,335$234,307,5594Universal
3In Good Company$14,291,0709815%1,5661563$9,126$14,788,4203Universal
4Racing Stripes$13,919,672--3,185--$4,370$13,919,6721Warner Bros.
5Elektra$12,805,071--3,204--$3,997$12,805,0711Fox
6White Noise$12,067,778-50%2,27918$5,295$41,109,5472Universal
7The Aviator (2004)$5,057,536-33%1,95689$2,586$50,247,3014Miramax
8Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events$4,039,917-46%2,540-803$1,591$111,119,5505Paramount
9Fat Albert$3,805,037-34%2,043-632$1,862$45,618,9434Fox
10National Treasure$3,295,622-22%1,610-567$2,047$164,862,5999Disney