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. 2 - Sun, Sep. 4

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transporter 2$16,540,490--3,303--$5,008$16,540,4901Fox
2The 40-Year-Old Virgin$13,301,744-18%2,90133$4,585$68,651,5463Universal
3The Constant Gardener$8,674,806--1,346--$6,445$10,396,3491Focus
4Red Eye$7,612,773-26%3,13443$2,429$43,691,2003DreamWorks
5The Brothers Grimm$7,196,419-52%3,09811$2,323$26,899,4222Miramax / Dimension
6Four Brothers$5,024,024-36%2,435-214$2,063$63,011,3074Paramount
7Wedding Crashers$4,753,039-21%2,416-321$1,967$194,752,4078New Line
8March of the Penguins$4,059,074-14%2,506112$1,620$62,062,64511Warner Independent
9The Skeleton Key$3,306,958-27%2,414-370$1,370$43,042,5484Universal
10The Cave$2,948,239-52%2,1950$1,343$10,963,4152Sony / Screen Gems