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. 30 - Sun, Oct. 2

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Flightplan$14,805,833-40%3,4240$4,324$45,911,0752Disney
2Serenity$10,086,716--2,188--$4,610$10,086,7161Universal
3Tim Burton's Corpse Bride$10,033,283-48%3,2040$3,131$33,186,9012Warner Bros.
4A History of Violence$8,103,0771470%1,3401326$6,047$8,622,1112New Line
5Into the Blue$7,057,861--2,789--$2,531$7,057,8611Sony / Columbia
6Just Like Heaven$6,127,541-36%3,54334$1,729$38,422,9403DreamWorks
7The Exorcism of Emily Rose$4,380,399-41%3,004-41$1,458$68,501,6964Sony / Screen Gems
8Roll Bounce$4,028,567-47%1,66136$2,425$12,676,6292Fox Searchlight
9The Greatest Game Ever Played$3,657,736--1,014--$3,607$3,657,7361Disney
10The 40-Year-Old Virgin$3,120,961-28%2,152-429$1,450$101,407,6697Universal