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. 29 - Sun, Oct. 1

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Open Season (2006)$23,624,418--3,833--$6,163$23,624,4181Sony / Columbia
2The Guardian (2006)$18,006,358--3,241--$5,556$18,006,3581Disney
3jackass: number two$14,605,471-50%3,0634$4,768$52,070,3212Paramount
4School for Scoundrels (2006)$8,603,092--3,004--$2,864$8,603,0921MGM / Weinstein
5Jet Li's Fearless$4,983,865-53%1,8104$2,754$18,071,5632Rogue
6Gridiron Gang$4,582,459-52%3,033-477$1,511$33,258,0283Sony / Columbia
7The Illusionist (2006)$2,738,761-18%1,319-113$2,076$31,386,0357Yari Film Group
8Flyboys$2,351,256-61%2,0330$1,157$9,946,7552MGM
9The Black Dahlia$2,130,480-52%2,009-227$1,060$20,742,1073Universal
10Little Miss Sunshine$1,991,977-29%1,065-319$1,870$53,138,32210Fox Searchlight