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, Sep. 22 - Sun, Sep. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1jackass: number two$29,002,260--3,059--$9,481$29,002,2601Paramount
2Jet Li's Fearless$10,590,244--1,806--$5,864$10,590,2441Rogue
3Gridiron Gang$9,456,964-34%3,5106$2,694$26,956,5422Sony / Columbia
4Flyboys$6,004,418--2,033--$2,953$6,004,4181MGM
5Everyone's Hero$4,690,107-23%2,8982$1,618$11,534,6702Fox
6The Black Dahlia$4,449,426-56%2,23610$1,990$17,269,2762Universal
7All the King's Men (2006)$3,672,277--1,514--$2,426$3,672,2771Sony / Columbia
8The Illusionist (2006)$3,334,189-8%1,432-6$2,328$27,598,0786Yari Film Group
9The Covenant$3,178,824-33%2,678-3$1,187$20,182,2213Sony / Screen Gems
10Little Miss Sunshine$2,820,889-15%1,384-52$2,038$50,291,1589Fox Searchlight