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, Oct. 7 - Sun, Oct. 9

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit$16,026,565--3,645--$4,397$16,048,6301DreamWorks
2Flightplan$10,763,744-27%3,323-101$3,239$60,915,5143Disney
3In Her Shoes$10,016,888--2,808--$3,567$10,016,8881Fox
4Two for the Money$8,704,083--2,391--$3,640$8,704,0831Universal
5Tim Burton's Corpse Bride$6,511,223-35%3,004-200$2,168$42,115,1963Warner Bros.
6Waiting...$6,022,201--1,652--$3,645$6,022,2011Lionsgate
7Serenity$5,352,399-47%2,1891$2,445$18,020,6732Universal
8A History of Violence$5,067,581-37%1,3400$3,782$16,394,7233New Line
9Into the Blue$4,830,456-32%2,7890$1,732$13,903,0702Sony / Columbia
10The Greatest Game Ever Played$3,905,1727%1,810796$2,158$8,681,1382Disney