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. 6 - Sun, Jan. 8

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hostel$19,557,541--2,195--$8,910$19,557,5411Lionsgate
2The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$15,642,455-39%3,514-339$4,451$247,778,2085Disney
3King Kong (2005)$12,622,303-49%3,482-145$3,625$192,679,7314Universal
4Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)$11,918,526-28%3,182126$3,746$81,077,2643Sony / Columbia
5Cheaper by the Dozen 2$8,433,267-42%3,108-103$2,713$66,555,3563Fox
6Munich$7,565,79859%1,485953$5,095$25,348,6813Universal
7Memoirs of a Geisha$6,111,576-21%1,58942$3,846$39,863,3153Sony / Columbia
8Rumor Has It$5,700,513-39%2,766-49$2,061$35,204,8923Warner Bros.
9The Family Stone$4,608,371-43%2,085-379$2,210$53,175,7494Fox
10The Ringer$4,249,862-31%1,688-165$2,518$27,758,5733Fox Searchlight