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, Jan. 30 - Sun, Feb. 1

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken$24,717,280--3,183--$7,765$24,717,2801Fox
2Paul Blart: Mall Cop$13,873,079-36%3,20662$4,327$83,248,0033Sony / Columbia
3The Uninvited$10,326,634--2,344--$4,406$10,326,6341Paramount / DreamWorks
4Hotel for Dogs$8,632,657-33%3,160-111$2,732$48,154,9943Paramount / DreamWorks
5Gran Torino$8,232,520-49%3,015-30$2,731$110,181,3694Warner Bros.
6Slumdog Millionaire$7,629,488-29%1,633222$4,672$67,193,23012Fox Searchlight
7Underworld: Rise of the Lycans$7,581,490-64%2,9420$2,577$33,167,2912Sony / Screen Gems
8New in Town$6,741,850--1,941--$3,473$6,741,8501Lionsgate
9My Bloody Valentine 3D$4,479,175-55%1,406-1128$3,186$44,825,6363Lionsgate
10Inkheart$3,721,839-51%2,6550$1,402$12,814,5312Warner Bros. / New Line