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. 18 - Sun, Nov. 20

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$102,686,637--3,858--$26,617$102,686,6371Warner Bros.
2Walk the Line$22,347,966--2,961--$7,547$22,347,9661Fox
3Chicken Little$14,711,932-54%3,514-144$4,187$99,092,4533Disney
4Derailed$6,506,780-47%2,4474$2,659$21,816,8742The Weinstein Company
5Zathura$5,133,343-62%3,2329$1,588$20,317,0902Sony / Columbia
6Jarhead$4,752,586-60%2,413-35$1,970$54,280,5283Universal
7Get Rich or Die Tryin'$4,421,035-63%1,66614$2,654$24,549,1832Paramount
8Saw II$3,962,538-57%2,257-692$1,756$79,920,3504Lionsgate
9The Legend of Zorro$2,354,332-63%2,150-903$1,095$42,839,6194Sony / Columbia
10Prime$1,564,839-60%1,229-552$1,273$21,401,2624Universal