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, May. 12 - Sun, May. 14

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible III$25,009,925-48%4,0595$6,162$85,101,5522Paramount
2Poseidon$22,157,727--3,555--$6,233$22,157,7271Warner Bros.
3RV$9,950,245-10%3,536-115$2,814$43,269,5813Sony / Columbia
4Just My Luck$5,692,211--2,541--$2,240$5,692,2111Fox
5An American Haunting$3,564,379-38%1,70328$2,093$10,817,3362Freestyle
6United 93$3,509,831-34%1,87152$1,876$25,554,9543Universal
7Stick It$3,167,569-42%2,009-35$1,577$22,145,7783Disney
8Ice Age: The Meltdown$3,151,053-24%1,879-547$1,677$187,569,9777Fox
9Akeelah and the Bee$2,402,894-29%1,176-1019$2,043$14,009,3193Lionsgate
10Hoot$2,292,677-32%3,0180$760$6,384,2612New Line