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. 4 - Sun, Jul. 6

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hancock$62,603,459--3,965--$15,789$103,877,9981Sony / Columbia
2WALL-E$32,508,676-48%3,9920$8,143$127,196,8992Disney
3Wanted (2008)$20,050,267-61%3,18510$6,295$90,185,2702Universal
4Get Smart$11,108,770-45%3,574-341$3,108$98,103,2803Warner Bros.
5Kung Fu Panda$7,318,731-37%3,347-323$2,187$193,222,2765Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Incredible Hulk$4,898,177-49%3,043-306$1,610$124,841,2124Universal
7Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull$3,774,128-27%2,192-364$1,722$306,426,5417Paramount
8Kit Kittredge: An American Girl$3,298,5792970%1,8431838$1,790$5,822,6793Picturehouse
9Sex and the City$2,381,777-37%1,275-480$1,868$144,892,8436Warner Bros. / New Line
10You Don't Mess with the Zohan$1,980,609-38%1,731-416$1,144$94,771,4825Sony / Columbia