'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, Mar. 10 - Sun, Mar. 12

Wide (1000+)

1Failure to Launch$24,411,789--3,057--$7,986$24,411,7891Paramount
2The Shaggy Dog (2006)$16,309,631--3,501--$4,659$16,309,6311Disney
3The Hills Have Eyes (2006)$15,708,049--2,620--$5,995$15,708,0491Fox Searchlight
416 Blocks$7,410,295-37%2,7060$2,738$22,809,3382Warner Bros.
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion$5,750,171-55%1,812-382$3,173$55,703,9783Lionsgate
6Eight Below$5,553,269-45%2,970-152$1,870$66,567,6264Disney
8Ultraviolet$3,681,530-59%2,5580$1,439$14,833,0832Sony / Screen Gems
9The Pink Panther (2006)$3,648,971-47%2,302-722$1,585$74,653,1335Sony / Columbia
10Date Movie$2,525,550-51%1,812-791$1,394$44,288,8764Fox