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, Jul. 27 - Sun, Jul. 29

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Simpsons Movie$74,038,702--3,922--$18,878$74,038,7021Fox
2I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry$19,132,337-44%3,5016$5,465$71,682,3232Universal
3Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix$17,733,749-45%4,005-280$4,428$242,439,6283Warner Bros.
4Hairspray (2007)$15,899,890-42%3,1210$5,094$59,660,1122New Line
5No Reservations$11,704,833--2,425--$4,827$11,704,8331Warner Bros.
6Transformers$11,643,206-43%3,349-413$3,477$284,677,9784Paramount / DreamWorks
7Ratatouille$7,456,280-32%2,934-468$2,541$179,903,3815Disney
8Live Free or Die Hard$5,618,620-21%2,271-456$2,474$125,398,3465Fox
9I Know Who Killed Me$3,506,567--1,320--$2,656$3,506,5671Sony / Columbia
10Who's Your Caddy?$2,758,030--1,019--$2,707$2,758,0301MGM / Weinstein