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, Mar. 6 - Sun, Mar. 8

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Watchmen$55,213,757--3,611--$15,290$55,213,7571Warner Bros.
2Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail$8,532,523-47%2,15199$3,967$76,237,4403Lionsgate
3Taken$7,334,623-26%3,016-73$2,432$117,926,4686Fox
4Slumdog Millionaire$6,809,242-43%2,890-53$2,356$125,326,54117Fox Searchlight
5Paul Blart: Mall Cop$4,145,136-26%2,558-140$1,620$133,591,3418Sony / Columbia
6He's Just Not That Into You$4,017,460-33%2,445-413$1,643$84,646,5645Warner Bros. / New Line
7Coraline$3,255,435-38%1,959-133$1,662$65,624,6855Focus
8Confessions of a Shopaholic$3,100,820-33%2,290-244$1,354$38,337,0244Disney
9Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience$2,833,238-77%1,2765$2,220$16,840,7332Disney
10Fired Up$2,477,893-33%1,798-13$1,378$13,237,3663Sony / Screen Gems