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, Jun. 30 - Sun, Jul. 2

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Superman Returns$52,535,597--4,065--$12,924$84,595,4441Warner Bros.
2The Devil Wears Prada$27,535,816--2,847--$9,672$27,535,8161Fox
3Click$19,919,956-50%3,76415$5,292$78,436,5412Sony / Columbia
4Cars$10,503,618-55%3,706-243$2,834$182,587,3934Disney
5Nacho Libre$6,600,001-48%3,082-1$2,141$65,374,9363Paramount
6The Lake House$4,812,392-46%2,6450$1,819$39,042,2553Warner Bros.
7The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift$4,485,167-54%2,670-360$1,680$51,721,9403Universal
8Waist Deep$3,423,003-64%1,0062$3,403$15,284,7642Rogue
9The Break-Up$2,990,245-55%1,911-995$1,565$110,228,2135Universal
10The Da Vinci Code$2,424,933-40%1,384-527$1,752$209,919,2577Sony / Columbia