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, Nov. 3 - Sun, Nov. 5

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause$19,503,291--3,458--$5,640$19,503,2911Disney
2Flushed Away$18,814,432--3,707--$5,075$18,814,4321Paramount / DreamWorks
3Saw III$14,805,596-56%3,1670$4,675$59,381,9082Lionsgate
4The Departed$7,722,433-22%2,785-166$2,773$102,006,9375Warner Bros.
5The Prestige$7,505,772-22%2,30524$3,256$39,138,0753Disney
6Flags of Our Fathers$4,419,460-30%2,375185$1,861$26,551,6973Paramount / DreamWorks
7Man of the Year (2006)$3,666,351-22%2,388-238$1,535$33,849,7684Universal
8Open Season (2006)$2,970,173-49%2,458-601$1,208$81,255,2356Sony / Columbia
9Flicka$2,701,874-43%2,314-563$1,168$17,603,2403Fox
10The Guardian (2006)$1,633,620-31%1,274-699$1,282$52,284,0376Disney